Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut

A Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom Book

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2021
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Author Biography

R.L. Ullman is the bestselling author of award-winning middle grade books and picture books. He creates fun, original characters that kids (and the adults who love them) want to read about. He is frequently distracted thinking about new stories and once got lost in his own neighborhood. Join R.L.'s mailing list at rlullman.com to be notified of new releases and if you spot him wandering on your street please point him in the right direction home.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Jordan Alexander for Readers' Favorite

If you are a unicorn lover - and who isn’t – you’ll adore the magical new series by R.L. Ullman that begins with Petunia the Unicorn’s Dazzling Christmas Debut. We know children need a lot of courage to start a new school. Now imagine that school is full of little human children and you are the only unicorn! Meet Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom - the ideal unicorn for some big-city adventures in her new home of Manhattan. Children will immediately take to Petunia, as they would to Winnie the Pooh or Peppa Pig. Best-selling author R.L. Ullman has done it again with this new series that will delight pre-school readers with a charming, simple, and relatable story. Petunia’s family includes the never dull Lady Rainbow Sprinkles (or Auntie Sprinkles, as Petunia calls her), Gumdrop, their tiny dog that thinks he’s larger than a Labrador; and Winston, the patient and stereotypical calm, cultured human butler. The beautiful colored illustrations by Yusup Mediyan are both captivating and welcoming to readers. The bright, bold scenes are wonderful animated additions to Petunia’s magical journey.

Petunia the Unicorn’s Dazzling Christmas Debut will appeal to young readers as they relate to Petunia’s feelings about starting a new school and moving to a new city. Readers will also recognize familiar experiences of both wanting to fit in with other children yet also needing to showcase their own unique and special talents. In this first adventure, Petunia learns to believe in herself, and with some reassurance from Auntie Sprinkles, she can overcome her fear of participating in the school play. She acts with courage and shows her true colors even when technical difficulties threaten the Christmas concert finale! If you want to light up little smiles around the Christmas tree this year, introduce your young ones to Petunia the Unicorn’s Dazzling Christmas Debut. Enjoy the magic of the season and the wonder of unicorns in what is sure to be another award-winning book from R.L. Ullman.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Petunia is a special little girl. The only thing is, she's very different. You see, Petunia is a unicorn. That sets her apart from all the humans that live around her and her aunt, Auntie Sprinkles. Even the butler, Winston, is human. When Petunia and her aunt move to New York City, she's enrolled in a special private school. Petunia is worried about being teased for being different. But Auntie Sprinkles, ever positive, declares: "Remember, everyone is different in their own way. Just be your unique self, and trust me, they'll be fighting over you." In other words, Petunia is encouraged to embrace her uniqueness. And, when she finds out she has to play a Christmas tree in the Christmas pageant, which is only a few days away, she's worried, especially when the tree lights won't go on when she presses the remote. Once again, Auntie Sprinkles has profound advice for Petunia: "When things in life don't go your way, never, ever, let it dim your sparkle. If you embrace who you are, you will always know exactly what to do."

R.L. Ullman's picture book story, Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut: A Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom Book, is an entertaining story that teaches young readers about acceptance, self-worth, and equity. The plot follows Petunia and her aunt as they move to the big city of New York just before Christmas, and Petunia's first days in a new private school. Being new to the city, Petunia, ever self-conscious of her 'different' appearance, hopes her aunt won't go overboard in decorating and celebrating, as Petunia doesn't want to draw attention to herself. Her aunt, of course, has different ideas. But, as the young unicorn discovers, her aunt is also a fountain of sage advice. Petunia learns that being different is more than just okay; it's what makes her, and everyone else, profoundly unique. By embracing one's differences, one can shine beautifully for all the world to see. Beautiful illustrations accompany this charming story.

Amy Powers

Petunia the Unicorn’s Dazzling Christmas Debut is a Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom Book, written by R.L. Ullman and illustrated by Yusup Mediyan. Children are sure to enjoy it. Having just moved to Manhattan with her aunt, their dog, and their loyal human butler, Petunia is nervous about being the only unicorn in her class. She wants to fit in, but her aunt is quick to teach her a lesson about how fabulous it is to be different. When the class performs a Christmas play, Petunia is given a role in the grand finale. Nothing seems to go right during rehearsals, and Petunia is worried about the big night. Petunia must find a way to use her unique unicorn talents to save the play.

With Yusup Mediyan’s brightly colored, dazzling illustrations that pop off the page, R.L. Ullman’s story of Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom is brought to life in a fun and beautiful way. Fans of the mystical unicorn will love imagining Petunia as their new friend and classmate, and parents will also love the subtle social lessons that Petunia and her aunt teach us. The story is fast-paced, and early readers will certainly love following along with the easy-to-read text. Pre-readers will not be left out either, as the detailed illustrations, which are easily my favorite aspect of Petunia’s story, provide more than enough context for preschoolers to follow along and create their own story. I look forward to reading and sharing more of Petunia’s adventures in other books in the series.

Amy Louise Hill

Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut, written by R.L. Ullman, is an incredibly fun book for children. Petunia Cupcake Fluffybottom the unicorn, her Auntie Sprinkles, and their dog Gumdrop move to Manhattan just in time for the festive holidays. Auntie Sprinkles, aka Lady Rainbow Sprinkles Fluffybottom, loves Christmas and goes overboard with the decorations, leaving Petunia slightly embarrassed in her new neighborhood. Petunia worries about starting her new school and wonders if the children will like her. Auntie Sprinkles reassures Petunia that everyone is different and that she should embrace who she is. Petunia starts her first day and realizes that everyone wants to play with her! But with one worry out of the way, another presents itself. Mrs. Higgins, Petunia's teacher, gives Petunia a part in the school play. Petunia is once again worried about people not accepting her. Will it all work out in the end? Find out in this magical book, Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut!

Petunia The Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut by R.L. Ullman was a joy to read. I loved the characters' unique and funny names, and the story was beautiful and empowering. The book's main focus is to teach children to accept and love themselves, no matter their differences because that's what makes us who we are! This message is crucial for children to learn from a young age, and it will spread positivity to anyone reading it. The message is told in a fun and attractive way, and children will surely love the colorfulness of it all, not to mention all the glitter and sprinkles! The illustrations have been perfectly created by the talented Yusup Mediyan. I highly recommend this amazing children's book, and I want to wish both the author and illustrator all the best in their creative futures.

Joy Hannabass

Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut by R.L. Ullman is a sweet and adorable picture book that will take your child on a most charming fun adventure. Petunia the unicorn lives with her auntie, Lady Rainbow Sprinkles Fluffybottom. Whew, what a name! Being new to the big city of Manhattan, Petunia starts a new school, and she is the only unicorn there. To make matters worse, she is just in time to get the last character part in the Christmas Program, but her auntie assures her she will be great. Her part is a starring role, and when things start to go wrong, Petunia is so embarrassed. She puts her own talents to work, but will her talents be enough to save the program?

With unique characters and the oh-so-sweet setting, you and your child will feel the magic of the season and be in the Christmas holiday spirit in no time. The fun and adorable illustrations in this book, created by Yusup Mediyan, are absolutely fabulous and each page makes me very hungry. The cover is truly dazzling and each page is filled with bright beautiful colors and adorable characters that will mesmerize children everywhere. The attention to detail in the writing of this book, and the illustrations bring Petunia the Unicorn's Dazzling Christmas Debut to life before your eyes. R.L. Ullman had crafted something that should be in every child's library, as well as the libraries of daycares and the classrooms of small children everywhere.