Kevin the Unicorn

The folks from Penguin Kids were kind enough to send me a copy of the book Kevin the Unicorn by Jessika von Innerebner.

Here’s a little about the book:

A unicorn’s bad day turns into a laugh-out-loud look at the pressure to be perfect and the importance of expressing your feelings

Everyone knows that unicorns are perfect. They are glamorous and glittery, and their smiles make rainbows appear! But Kevin is having a less-than-perfect day. First, he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed …on the floor. Then he discovers that his mane is so wild that even his Super-Perfect-Hair-Day-Spray can’t tame it. And the day just gets worse from there. Kevin does his best to keep his outlook sunny, but it’s hard to keep smiling when everything goes horribly wrong!

I reached out to Penguin and asked the author a couple questions about inspiration behind the book.

What inspired you to write this story?

At first I really loved the idea of a most perfect, glittery unicorn
experiencing a bad day it would be so funny. But as I wrote I found
the message coming out in this story was something I needed to hear
as a kid and an adult.  No one and nothing is perfect, you can’t always
be happy and sparkly. Finding the right ending for this story was tough
and after working through many it finally hit me, what if it was just okay? 

What do you want your readers to take away?

I hope It’s Not All Rainbows helps kids (and adults) to be okay with the moments when we fall apart. To feel the feels in order to move through them instead of keeping them all bottled up. When we are honest with our feelings, especially around others it helps people to open up about things they’re going through and encourage empathy.

Kevin the Unicorn is available now.