Unicorns Are the Worst! by Alex Willan

Hello, Alex Willan! Welcome to Watch. Connect. Read. Thank you for stopping by to celebrate Unicorns Are the Worst! I spent a lot of time staring at the endpapers. I found myself flipping back to them multiple times. They are so bright, sparkly, and FUN. 

Alex Willan: Hello Mr. Schu. I am thrilled to be here and to meet you! I’ve been so excited to share the cover for Unicorns are the Worst! with everyone. And I’m so glad you like the endpapers. A lot of this book is about Gilbert the Goblin’s perceived conflict with unicorns, so I thought it would be fun to have endpapers that are contradictory to Gilbert’s personality. (I don't think anyone would describe Gilbert as “bright, sparkly, and fun”.) Plus, you can’t have a book about unicorns without copious amounts of GLITTER! 

Scenario: A bookseller at The Book Cellar, a wonderful bookshop in Chicago, asks you to fill out a shelf talker about Unicorns Are the Worst! You have enough space for 240 characters. 

Alex Willan: “Ask any Goblin and they will tell you that being magical is serious work, but try explaining that to a Unicorn. All Unicorns do is frolic about, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place. That is why Unicorns are the WORST … or are they?” 

Please finish the following sentence starters: 

Goblins are very serious about their work, whether they are alphabetizing their spell ingredients, or documenting various magical shrubs. They also might be more than just a little jealous at the popularity of a certain other magical creature.

A unicorn knows that there is more to life than just work, and that making something sparkly doesn’t make it any less important. But don't let their casual majesty fool you, they can also be harp-wielding glitter-bombs of magical might, should the situation call for it. 

Picture books are just so uniquely wonderful. It’s my opinion that the best picture books can be taken at face value, but will also give the reader, little or big, space to fill in with their own imagination. It’s that part that gives them ownership of the story and ideally allows them to feel connected to it, hopefully forever. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me
if I decided after I finished making Unicorns are the Worst, to make my very own Sock Slug. I did! Gilbert has made himself a few Sock Slug friends which we see throughout the book and I just couldn’t resist trying my hand at a little goblin-magic of my own. I brought a picture; his name is Stanley.

Look for Unicorns Are the Worse! on September 8, 2020. 

Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, this wildly funny and imaginative picture book celebrates the value of differences as a grumpy goblin gets to know his new unicorn neighbors.

It’s an undeniable fact that unicorns are the worst!

Magic is serious business, but all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place! They’re nothing like goblins—practical and hard-working, who can put magic to good use! Unicorns aren’t helpful at all.

Or are they?


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