A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Be yourself. Love yourself. It's okay to be different.
Positive Role Models
Trevin is a troll who had looked after Layla since she was little. He is described as "kind and silly" with "a laugh that could shake the clouds". He encourages Layla to go to school when she begins to feel nervous about it. Layla's friends Olivia Fairy, Gwendolyn Goblin, and Celia Cat are supportive and have her back as she figures out how she can fit in at school. Layla exudes confidence when she finally begins to accept herself.
Layla is different - she's not pastel colored like the other unicorns. She's from the forest. She learns to see the value in herself, and the others learn that our differences show our strengths.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Layla, the Last Black Unicorn is a collaboration between comedian Tiffany Haddish and award-winning author Jerdine Nolen. It's a story about self-acceptance featuring unicorns and other magical creatures as characters. Fans of Haddish will delight in seeing hints of her throughout the book, including her signature, "She ready!" quote, which is also the name of her Netflix special and her foundation aimed at supporting kids in foster care. Even the book's title is a nod to her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.
Is It Any Good?
Laughs, life lessons, and a splash of Tiffany Haddish make this an entertaining read. Layla, the Last Black Unicorn is colorful, vibrant, and features characters popular among young readers: unicorns, fairies, and other magical beings. Jerdine Nolen's storytelling and Tiffany Haddish's hilarity combine for an age-old story with a modern-day flair that grown-ups -- both fans of the popular comedian and those not familiar -- will also appreciate. Through all the amusement, the important message to be yourself rings loud and clear.
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