The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Sugarlump is a rocking horse who lives happily in the children's bedroom, rocking to and fro - but when the children are out at school all day, sometimes he wishes he could go out into the wide world and trot around. Then one day, a unicorn appears and grants his wish. Now, Sugarlump is a farm horse out in the fields - but he soon finds his new life hard work, and wishes to be free of his load so he can gallop. So the magic unicorn transforms him into a race horse - but still, Sugarlump isn't quite sure if this life is right for him.
Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up to create another delightful picture book, complete with sparkly glitter on each page. Young readers will love the bright, rainbow-coloured page spreads, packed with details to explore -and will particularly enjoy spotting characters that may be familiar to them from previous Donaldson and Monks books, such as the Singing Mermaid who appears in the circus scenes. This gentle, magical story with its message that the grass isn't always necessarily greener on the other side has a reassuring happy ending, and is certain to be another winner with preschool aged children.