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Nobody Rides the Unicorn

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Zoe is a nobody -- a poor orphan with nothing of her own but a golden staging voice. When a greedy king exploits her voice to capture a unicorn, Zoe rebels and helps the unicorn escape. Then her faith and courage lead her to the land of the unicorns, a place of happiness where at last she is somebody indeed.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 09, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated tale of an undervalued young girl who is questioned about a unicorn.
Sep 22, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-wish-i-owned
I enjoyed this story very much! is so lovely!
Aug 21, 2012 Becca rated it it was amazing
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This book - aside from the usual fairy-tales and fairy stories - has been my favorite picture book ever since I can remember reading them. (I mean, my parents told me that I liked Peter Rabbit and knew the story off by heart before I could even read, but I can't really remember him).

Nobody Rides the Unicorn, despite being a children's book, has an innate and slightly sad beauty about it. I got to know and sympathize with the main character, Zoe, after only 20 pages of children's writing.
Zoe is a
Mariah Christensen
Oct 28, 2014 Mariah Christensen rated it liked it
The only reason I liked this story is because I identify with the quiet, sensitive little girl. The story was not particularly imaginative.
Laney Widmer
Feb 05, 2016 Laney Widmer rated it it was amazing
It is a very good book about a greedy king.
Nov 03, 2014 Ash rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-and-ya
Blah story,blah illustrations.
Bailey Bundy
Mar 26, 2012 Bailey Bundy rated it it was amazing
This book really struck me because it turned an ordinary girl who thought she was a nobody into someone special. Zoe, the young girl, had a gift of attracting unicorns and because of this gift the King tricked her into capturing a unicorn. When Zoe realizes she has been tricked she decides to go and set the unicorn free. This book is very magical and children will love it!
Aug 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 10, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons-etc
This was a cute book with what I thought were very classic fairy tale elements (the bad king, the innocent child, the horrible conspirator). It didn't knock my socks off (although I did enjoy the end's parallel to Odysseus and Polyphemus) but I liked it. The pictures were wonderful and magical, too.
Sara K.

I didn't read this book aloud this year, but I did share it with my kids. It is a great story that was a gift from a dear friend.
Jun 23, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing
Got this for my daughter at the library, and she & I really liked this one. It was a good story, with beautiful illustrations.
Aug 09, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing
An excellent children's take on the beautiful lengend of the unicorn and the young maid who can charm it.
Mar 12, 2012 Paula rated it it was ok

Having been used by the King to trick a unicorn into imprisonment, Zoe decides to set him free again.
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Jan 28, 2016 MissAmanda Fay rated it it was amazing
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Got this for Erikk and I feel like it should be a classic! So good and too sweet!
Jul 07, 2012 Polly rated it really liked it
Charming fairy tale, with lovely pictures.
Nov 14, 2012 Arwen rated it it was amazing
a BEAUTIFUL tale told
Feb 02, 2008 Daniella rated it it was amazing
just love it
Oct 07, 2010 Cami rated it it was ok
2.5 for me
Aug 05, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-what-not
So good!
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