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Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,459 ratings  ·  664 reviews
Hi, I'm Goat.

Things were just fine around here until UNICORN showed up.

So what if he can fly?

Or make it rain cupcakes?

And turn stuff into gold?

Big deal.

I can do some cool stuff too, like...

Hey! What are you doing? Why are you opening the book?

He's just going to tell you how great he is. Blah, blah, blah.

Go ahead. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

Dopey Unicorn.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
and why shouldn't he???

is there anything more majestic than a unicorn?? not much. and say you are just a goat:

you are bound to be jealous of a unicorn, especially one that rolls up flaunting his magic and making everyone swoon with cupcakes and joy.

but never fear, low self-esteemed - because there are some things even unicorns can't do. not much, but some things. and maybe, just maybe, these two creatures can learn to play nicely together and celebrate each other's gifts and be all symbiotic an
Steph Sinclair
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like really cute things
Guys, HE MAKES CUPCAKES RAIN FROM THE SKY. I love reading this one to my kids and it never gets old. It’s such a charming and cute story about jealousy and envy told in a way that is funny. The illustrations have legit GLITTER on the pages and the cover. This made my daughter eternally happy. (Okay… so me too. :D )
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

Poor Goat,


things were pretty fine, and he thought himself pretty cool ... until HE showed up to ruin everything. Damn sparkly, rainbow farthing, cupcakes-raining-from-the-sky-making, magical ... UNICORN!!!


Now everybody loves that snobby, show-off bastard. How can he compete? He can't help being jealous as that prancer flaunts his magic around ... until he get's to talk to his nemesis. Thing's are not always as they seem, nobody's perfect, everyone has his own strengths ... and the gras
Tim The Enchanter
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, children
Posted to The Literary

It has recently come to my attention that certain, uninitiated members of the community believe that goat cheese is both disgusting and unpalatable. Some have gone so far as to say the taste is akin to the scent of a smelly tourist attraction. I am troubled by this callous and disrespectful attitude.

In this enlightened time, is it not reasonable to expect that we release our preconceptions? Since man began to domesticate the animals and relied on husbandry over
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel like it’s only recently that pop culture has opened its eyes and realized that when it comes to mythical creatures, unicorns are the funniest animals. Sasquatches rank a close second and zombies have their laughs, but for out-and-out humor, unicorns beat all (there’s a reason the “Charlie the Unicorn” vid was one of the first viral videos on YouTube). I say that and yet there hasn’t been a single funny unicorn picture book out there that I could name off the top of my head. I say there ha ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Goat is disgruntled. Everything was going just fine and then Unicorn came along. Goat rides his bike proudly until Unicorn actually flies by. Goat brought treats for the class and then Unicorn made it rain cupcakes. Goat was doing great at the dance but Unicorn won first prize. Goat does some simple magic coin tricks and Unicorn turns things to gold. It just is not fair. So Goat is not ready for Unicorn to come up to him when he’s having lunch and talk about how much he loves goat cheese, how he ...more
Darling, humorous, and delightful. Who wouldn't think unicorns aren't great!? ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Cute, and funny. The pictures made me smile, and the story had a nice message without feeling heavy or preachy. This book is definitely SMFPU approved.
MissBecka Gee
This was such a weird little book.
Turns out Unicorns and Goats are both pretty great.
Benji Martin
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I made a mistake the first few times I read this book. I shot too low for the age-range, and the four and five year old kids didn't really get it. I thought, maybe it just wasn't as funny as I originally thought it was, and put it on the shelf. Well, I pulled it out again this morning for the 1st and 2nd graders, and they loved it. Bob Shea doesn't write mediocre books, and I should have realized that. ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Who decided all unicorn books need to be edgy?
Matthew Hunter
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome on so many levels. The story of mutual jealousy between an everyman goat and golden child unicorn rings true on a psychological level. I'm guilty at times of letting appearances guide my assumptions about a person. So why wouldn't a goat assume that a unicorn who could make it rain cupcakes and turn things to gold wasn't high on himself? To the goat's surprise, the unicorn's jealous of his ability to make cheese from goat milk, of his strong garbage tolerant stomach, and of his climb-tas ...more
Ethan & Isaac
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship
We all have different strengths. Like I'm good at baseball and my brother's good at barking. ...more
Crystal Bandel
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea, published 2013.


Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 2.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Lolly Robinson.

Goat thinks he's pretty cool, until Unicorn moves in and wows everyone at school with his unicorn abilities, from flying to making it rain cupcakes. Goat gets more and more jealous, until Unicorn lets Goat know just how jealous he is of him! By the end of this book, the two of them are best friends, each enjoying what the other can do well. T
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
LOVE this author/illustrator's work; I was eagerly anticipating this book! Goat introduces readers to Unicorn who is sunshine and roses, and sugar and spice and everything nice all in one!

Goat goes on a jealous rant about Unicorn, but is interrupted by Unicorn's appreciation of his goat-cheese pizza. Unicorn takes the time to recognize Goat's unique characteristics and the two become unlikely friends.

I really liked the premise of this title. Goat's rant is hilarious! I especially liked when he
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Lovely illustrations, everything is so detailed and cute! Unicorn is always surrounded by colors and hearts <3
Goat, poor goat, everything he does, unicorn does it better and without effort, so he wants the kind of attention unicorn gets, it's not fair! Unicorn is so... meh!
But, does unicorn feel the same? Can they be friends?
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Funny and wise and a complete delight.
Edward Sullivan
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sure, goats and unicorns can both do cool things the other can't do but neither can poop rainbows. ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun look at "the grass is always greener on the other side." Goat is jealous of Unicorn and Unicorn is jealous of Goat. Fun and quirky! It isn't often you get goats featured in books. ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So awesome.
"Taste my cloven justice!"
"You've been unicorned!"
Cass Mabbott
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Bob Shea but still pretty great. My favorite line? "TASTE MY CLOVEN JUSTICE!" (said by Goat during a fight scene). ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenty-thirteen
What a great message, this was really cute!
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My daughter now runs around the house yelling "Taste my cloven justice! You've been Unicorned". ...more
Laura Harrison
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Bob Shea book. Every time I read it I just laugh myself silly. Probably best for first and second graders. Protagonist is edgy but in a hilarious way. Good stuff!
Maggi Rohde
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book for discussing making friends, self-confidence, including others and point of view/perspective.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh this books was fun to read aloud. The grumpy goat gives the reader a chance to try out gruff, irritated voices and the sweet unicorn is the perpetually-peppy person so many of us know and love from kids' books. With bright illustrations and a great vocabulary, this book is sure to be a favorite among a range of ages. ...more
Jeanie {}
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love unicorns, but after this book I love goats too! It seems as though all of the focus on Unicorn has made Goat a little left out. Then an unexpected twist occurs in the story, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great which changes Goats perception; as well as, the entire outlook of the picture book.

Readers of all ages will find a lesson of diversity, uniqueness, and friendship in this magical fantasy!
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Unicorns are pretty magical but billy goat soon finds out unicorns have their downfalls too.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this to different groups of preschoolers. It was fun to read aloud and had some good vocabulary in it. Teachers at/from different daycares who were present when I read it were heavily amused.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Goat is pretty jealous of Unicorn but really, we all have someone we are fond of and forget we can be just as awesome. All depends on how you view yourself.
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Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids.

Bob spends his days writing, drawing and having “conversations” with NPR.

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