Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2022
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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City by R.L. Ullman will be enjoyed by young and old. Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom lives with her Aunt Sprinkles, her sweet little Corgi, Gumdrop, and Winston the butler. Aunt Sprinkles has just purchased a brownstone in New York City. Petunia and her aunt are exploring the sights when Petunia realizes they are the only unicorns in the city. They create quite a stir in the media and among the neighbors, some of whom aren't very welcoming. Her aunt decides to invite her neighbors to a party so they can become better acquainted, but it doesn't go quite as planned. Will Petunia and her aunt stay in New York?

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City will be loved by unicorn and rainbow fans alike! R. L. Ullman has created two strong female characters. Kids will relate to Petunia and love her special unicorn magic. What an important message for kids to hear, that despite other people's actions, you can choose to act graciously. The illustrations by Yusup Mediyan are perfect. I can see kids wanting to dress up just like Petunia with her pink hair and tail and golden horn. The illustrations are full of bright, vivid, cheerful colors. Too bad there isn't a recipe for Winston's Chocolate Chocolate Bundt cake because it sounds divine! As a former children's librarian, I know that Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City will be a huge hit. One of our most frequent requests was for unicorn books and Ullman has written an outstanding one. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Petunia and Gumdrop.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

It’s always difficult being the new person on the block, especially if you’re more noticeably different from everyone else. Petunia and her Auntie Sprinkles are definitely different: they’re unicorns and they’ve just moved into a posh West 81st Street neighborhood in Manhattan. Not everyone is happy about these new neighbors, especially when the two elegant unicorns attract considerable attention and people throng to West 81st Street to get a glimpse of them. Petunia’s a little concerned about all the attention and that she hasn’t seen any other unicorns like them. But Auntie Sprinkles’ profound words to Petunia are: “Just like a rainbow’s beauty comes from all of its different colors shining together, the city’s beauty comes from all of its different people living together.” This transforms into Petunia’s revelation: “We’re all different, but it’s only when we bring those differences together that the world truly shines.”

R.L. Ullman’s picture book story, Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City, is a tender sweet story about differences and acceptance. Told in simple language so young readers can follow along and illustrated beautifully, using bright, bold colors, the plot evolves around Petunia and her auntie’s arrival in Manhattan and the stir they create for being so different. The author circles his theme around the important message of inclusion and equity, and how differences don’t really matter; it’s what’s inside someone that really counts. At first, Petunia wants to blend in, but, with help from her Auntie Sprinkles, she learns what’s really important is being herself and being proud of who she is, even if she looks different. Beautifully told and presented with elegant and loveable characters.

Rylanne Burdette

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City by R.L. Ullman is a magical book that follows Petunia and her Auntie Sprinkles as they move to New York City with their butler and dog. This is Petunia’s first time in the human world, and while she has high expectations for her new life there, not everyone seems to accept this family that is new in town. Petunia and Auntie Sprinkles make it their mission to ensure that everyone on their street accepts and opens up to them, and they are willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means using some of their unicorn magic!

I think I might be obsessed with this book. Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City was absolutely wonderful in every way. The art was stunning, the plot was engaging, and the characters were amazing! R.L. Ullman created such an enjoyable world and I would love to read more about Petunia and her fun adventures as a unicorn! Children are sure to fall in love with Petunia as much as I did and be enchanted by the illustrations on each page, as well as the fun plot of the book. I thought this book was so well-thought-out, and I would definitely recommend it to both children and parents. Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City is a book that could be read many times; its entertaining storyline and characters will leave an impression on many children’s hearts.

Sheena Monnin

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City by R.L. Ullman is a delightful, colorful story about a little unicorn who finds her voice in an unwelcome environment. Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom is a happy, curious little unicorn who lives with her aunt, also a unicorn. They move to a large city full of humans. Petunia feels singled out as they go about their lives in the new city. Humans stare at them and one of their neighbors is downright rude. But Auntie Sprinkles teaches Petunia how to reach out and connect. When things go wrong, however, it is Petunia who saves the day and brings the community together. Written with a positive message, this book showcases the many ways we can be friendly despite how others may be treating us.

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City by R.L. Ullman is sure to please young readers from all backgrounds. I appreciate the message of this fun adventure story and the demonstration that being true to yourself is the best – and only – way to be! Themes of authenticity, strength, courage, and kindness are highlighted through the words and actions of the main characters. Cleverly inserted into the plot is a grumpy neighbor who decides to cause trouble but is unsuccessful because of the consistent kindness of Petunia and Auntie Sprinkles. Messages of friendship and treating people well are a nice touch in this wonderful story. Author R.L. Ullman crafts a captivating world that will make the reader smile and want to read more about Petunia and the colorful way unicorns live their lives.

Melinda Facal

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City is a delightful children’s picture book by R.L. Ullman with illustrations by Yusup Mediyan. Spirited Petunia and her sophisticated Auntie Sprinkles move to New York City along with their dedicated butler and charming puppy. These unique unicorns stand out in New York City and soon are the subject of much attention. Their new neighbors are quite upset about this and are not very welcoming. Auntie Sprinkles does not let this negativity bother her and is convinced that everyone will get along once they get to know each other. Auntie’s positive attitude encourages Petunia to meet the challenges in their new city with confidence and grace. This engaging story is a fun read that features many iconic scenes from New York City while sharing a beautiful message about understanding and staying true to yourself.

Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City is a charming story full of warmth, humor, and optimism. Vibrant and detailed illustrations enhance the upbeat tone that runs throughout this enchanting book. Many readers will relate to the uncertainty the unicorns experience when moving to a new city. Petunia and Auntie Sprinkles show children a positive way to deal with being in new situations or places where acceptance may not be immediate. By emphasizing communication and seeing the best in others, this story highlights effective and inspiring ways to handle challenging times. These heartwarming unicorns believe in themselves and treat others with kindness and understanding. Petunia the Unicorn Moves to the Big City is a highly recommended and enjoyable read.