Released on 22 March 2018.

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Sugarlump and the Unicorn

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For ages 3-5
4.05 based on 161 ratings & 16 reviews on


Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard.

When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . .

With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is a perfect story for reading together.

Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

In the media

A reliably lovely read-aloud rhythm... Children will love Lydia Monk's illustrations.
The Daily Telegraph
Julia Donaldon's rhyming text makes this an excellent read aloud story and Lydia Monks' illustrations combine colour, humour, photographic details, texture, plenty of glitter and some glimpses of familiar characters to keep the reader thoroughly entertained. This is a must-have picture book
The School Librarian
An absolute delight to read aloud
Daily Mail