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Lily the Unicorn

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  90 reviews
“Beautifully paced, and all will agree: Lily is lovely.” –Kirkus Reviews

Lily the unicorn loves making new friends and going on adventures! So when Lily meets her new pal, Roger the penguin, she plans all sorts of fun for them. But Roger is afraid of trying new things. What if he tries and fails? In this sweet story about friendship, Lily teaches young readers that the worl
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by HarperCollins
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Destinee Sutton
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, funny
Really this book should be called "Roger the Grumpy Penguin" because, even though Lily is an obvious and likable hero, the story is all about Roger's journey. His little frowny face is so compelling! Here are a few things about Roger: His favorite book is empty. His favorite store is closed. His favorite sport is resting. And (my personal favorite) his favorite hobby is organizing blank paper. Roger reminds me of Scaredy Squirrel, of course, and this book will appeal to fans of the multi-phobic ...more
Marissa Elera
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love me some Dallas Clayton, and the dazzling quirkiness of Lily the unicorn is a total delight.
Caroline
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable book about overcoming the fear of trying new things! A great book for a preschool aged story time as it's short, sweet, and SUPER colorful! ...more
Starbubbles
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
What a cute story about being true to yourself and reaching out to others. I want to be a unicorn too! haha!
Melissa
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unicorns
Book review of Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton

Lily the Unicorn was also given a pilot episode on Amazon, but the series doesn’t appear to have continued.

This book isn’t particular to unicorns. The Lily the unicorn character could have just been a horse for all the relevance unicorns have. It has some positive messaging about getting to know a new person and making new friends, but I generally found the book to be dull. I wouldn’t enjoy reading this to a child. There are tons of little mini d
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Clwseattle
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Lily the Unicorn is a Type A, confident, optimistic unicorn. The busy, busy pages show just how much she's excited about everything

Lily meets a new friend, Roger the penguin, who is as pessimistic and negative as Lily is an optimist.

It's cute enough but not a book I'll be buying for my grands.
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Kelly
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unicorn loves to do everything, and he makes a new friend who doesn't like to do anything. Unicorn helps Penguin to learn to like new things.

Be sure to spend a lot of time on each page...there is SO much going on! But it's so fun.
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Miss Erica
Is there someone in your life that is a worrier, even though they may not mean to be? This is the book to read with them. Lily seems to have no worries, cares, or fears, where her new friend Roger has all of those. Will she be able to get her new friend to learn how amazing the world is?
Erica
Is there someone in your life that is a worrier, even though they may not mean to be? This is the book to read with them. Lily seems to have no worries, cares, or fears, where her new friend Roger has all of those. Will she be able to get her new friend to learn how amazing the world is?
Brittany
Unicorns are really "hot" right now among the kids, but boy oh boy is this book a doozy. So much on each page...it is almost overwhelming. This is not one for a read aloud. At all. The illustrations are ok, but that poor penguin looks so grumpy. ...more
Alison
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lily Unicorn is a joyful creature and will have great challenges in the future with the newly introduced Roger as a friend. I appreciate the attempt for acceptance of all people, but Roger is not going to be easily changed. He is dreadful.
Ms. Jeane
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just adored this book! Sooooo cute!
C
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, is Roger fortunate to have Lily as a friend. Let the traveling around and exploring and making friends begin!
Katy
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boy does this book just try to hit you over the head with a message. With that on top of the VERY OVERLY BUSY illustrations, I have a big no thanks for this one.
Richelle Rininger
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-goal, kids
This book was unique. The storyline was okay. The illustrations were interesting.
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Best for one on one sharing. I like the kawaii looking doodles and the message, though it's a bit simplistic. ...more
Ed
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Wish it was around when my kids were younger.
kim
Cute but the illustrations leave a little to be desired
Heather
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I like the idea of the story, but the illustrations look like a Where's Waldo book (too busy for reading at storytime). ...more
Paige Maddy
Too much happening on each page.
Lucca
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We loved loved this book. I am a Lily and I know my daughter will be someone’s Lily ❤️. I love being someone’s someone.
Cassie
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While the titular unicorn looks more like a dog wearing a unicorn horn, the message of the book is wonderful. Great message for kids with anxiety about trying new things. :)
Victoria
For the past year I've been struggling to write a good, funny children's book about social anxiety - now I feel like I don't need to. I have a second grader with social anxiety and sensory processing disorder. Why this is relevant is that I am a children's book fanatic and it has really bothered me that there are less than a handful of well written, entertaining children's books about kids with anxiety. There are informative books and lots of books about shy kids and even some about anxiety spec ...more
Alice Blessing
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love unicorn so I had to read it lol.
Eric Hinkle
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely little book.

At first glance it looks a bit cluttered, but I think kids would enjoy looking at all the little pictures of Lily's different inventions, Roger's favorite things, etc.

Check it out!
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Dawn
Exuberant Lily is a pink and blue unicorn with a bright yellow horn. She likes to make things, make music, make messes, and make friends. Her newest friend is a downcast penguin named Roger. He doesn’t like games or adventures, preferring to stay at home and rest. When Lily pesters Roger about his preferences, he confesses that he is anxious about all of the things he can’t do and what could go wrong. Lily listens to her new friend’s concerns and takes things slowly, beginning with an ice cream ...more
Aylea
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review published by Brigham Young University's Children's Book and Media Review

Lily is a unicorn and she likes to make things. She likes to make gadgets, music, and messes, but she likes making friends most of all. When she makes a new friend, Roger, she’s worried that he doesn’t get out and have as much fun as he should. Lily plans some adventures, but Roger doesn’t want to go. She tries to come up with all kinds of ideas to do together, but when Roger isn’t interested in any of them, she
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Jennifer Strong
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, children-s
Lily is a unicorn who sees all the wonderful things about life. She's vivacious, silly, creative, and imaginative. Her favorite thing is to make friends. One day she makes friends with a penguin named Roger. He is the opposite of Lily. He doesn't like anything goofy, fun, or adventurous. As Lily seeks for something to do that Roger will enjoy, she questions what the problem could be. Roger answers that "the world is full of scary things!" (Like bed bugs, flat tires, smog, and tall buildings). Al ...more
Valerie M
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e
Whenever I see a picture book on unicorns, I get really excited. Then I opened this book and wasn't so excited anymore. I think that's because I was looking at this through the lens of using it in storytime, which I wouldn't do. The illustrations are too many and busy. However, this book is great for reading one-on-one with a kid. The pages are chock full of pictures, and the little notes next to them are very funny. Lily, a very persistent unicorn, befriends Roger, a very persistent penguin. Li ...more
Linzee Gammell
1. Lily the Unicron loves making new friends the best of all. She likes making other things too like art and music but her favorite of all is making new friends. She has lots of friends but then one day she meets Roger the Penguin. Roger doesn't like to do any of the things that Lily likes to do. He doesn't like to do them because he is afraid he will fail. But once Lily tells him its ok to fail, you just have to get back up and keep smiling, he is ready to take on the adventures!

2. The children
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