Shine Like a Unicorn (Hardcover)

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Shine Like a Unicorn (Hardcover)


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With what look like candy-coated illustrations from illustrator Maddie Frost, this is a book children will pick up again and again. A 9-step process will have you shining like a unicorn in no time! All you have to do is follow our narrator's instructions, the first of which is picking out your unicorn name. (Prancing Sparkles, Lucky Charm, and Glitter Poop are already taken. Sorry.) Author Shelli R. Johannes takes readers through each empowering step with such gentle and silly humor, kids will be repeating phrases like "You do you!" and "Go shine!" Reading this book reminds us how to stay positive in the face of adversity, and believe in ourselves.  And there isn't a greater gift we can give children than resiliency. You will love the smiles this book brings. Shine on!

— Jessilynn

This hilarious picture book about how to be a unicorn is laugh-out-loud funny and will encourage readers to embrace their own unique and glorious selves! Perfect for fans of How to Catch a Unicorn, Thelma the Unicorn, and Not Quite Narwhal.

Do you want to shine like a unicorn? Of course you do!

My name is Glitter Poop and I’m here to show you in nine secret steps how to be a UNICORN. Warning: It’s not always easy being a unicorn. Unicorns are special and totally uni-que. We have crazy names, know how to stand out in a herd, love to ask questions, and always search for the bright side. Most importantly, we make our own magic!

This is the perfect gift to give for celebrations, including birthdays, graduations, holidays and even National Unicorn Day!

Shelli R. Johannes is coauthor of nine books in the Loves Science series (co/Kimberly Derting), Theo Thesaurus series, Shine Like a Unicorn, and Penny: An Engineering Tale of the Fourth Pig (Capstone, Fall 2022).

She is also the critically-acclaimed author of teen novels (written as SR Johannes) including the Nature of Grace series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable), Rewired, and On the Bright Side.

She can often be found on highways and country roads saving strays and other jaywalking critters, or volunteering with animal conservation groups like the Atlanta Zoo, the Dolphin Project, and Bosley’s puppy orphanage. After earning a master’s in marketing and working as an executive in Corporate America, Shelli traded out her heels and suits for flip-flops and jeans so she could follow her passion of writing.

She lives in Atlanta with her pack of animals: a British husband, two kids, one bird, one fish, and two crazy Goldendoodles who hate vegetables.

Maddie Frost (AKA Spunky Happyhooves) is a secret unicorn, too. She loves to smile, frolic, and be her spunky self everywhere she goes. She makes her own magic with art, and has illustrated many picture books including Animobiles, Smug Seagull, Wakey Birds, as well as the upcoming picture book Capybara Is Friends with Everyone and the drawing book, Let’s Draw Animals. Maddie lives in Grafton, Massachusetts. Visit her online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780062998330
ISBN-10: 0062998331
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 32
Language: English