The Unicorn Came to Dinner (Hardcover)

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By Lauren DeStefano, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
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In a world saturated with unicorn books, THE UNICORN CAME TO DINNER is a breath of fresh air. With clever, Lemony Snicket-esque prose and hilarious antics, DeStefano helps readers explore worry and anxiety through a silly story about a poorly-mannered (but very well-meaning) unicorn. Gaia Cornwall's gorgeous pastel illustrations add a touch of whimsy that will delight young readers and parents alike. This is a truly unique tale about having the courage (and patience!) to face your fears.

— From Kids Books Laura Recommends


A sweet and charming picture book about fear, anxiety, and unicorns.

The unicorn smells nice, but she is very rude. She never waits for an invitation to come over—she walks right in and tracks heart-shaped hoof-prints across the carpet. She sits in Elizabeth’s chair and makes a complete mess of the house. She even sleeps in Elizabeth’s bed.

But the unicorn is no ordinary unicorn . . .

In The Unicorn Came to Dinner, author Lauren DeStefano and illustrator Gaia Cornwall invite parents and their kids to talk about feelings—especially worries and anxiety—and ultimately about how to be yourself.

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano is a full-time author and professional collector of cats. She has written several young adult and middle grade novels. The Unicorn Came to Dinner is her first picture book.

Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. Her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps (Candlewick Press), was featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, an Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year, and was a 2017 NPR staff pick, among other accolades.

Her other titles include Jabari Flies and Best Bed For Me, (Candlewick Press), and A Unicorn Came to Dinner…Again written by Lauren DeStefano (Roaring Brook Press). Gaia lives in Providence, RI with her two little kiddos, one programmer husband, and two kitty kiddos.

Praise For…

Praise for The Unicorn Came to Dinner
"Kids[will] easily understand the desire to be something strong and magical in the face of a stressful day." - the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Creatively integrating amusing, upbeat, and sympathetic elements, animated prose, and charming, expressive illustrations, this portrays how unfamiliar or new situations can impact children’s feelings and behaviors. Entertaining and ultimately reassuring, this will likely resonate with and be appreciated by kids and their adults alike." --Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250310408
ISBN-10: 1250310407
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 40