Although he has all the perfect things to help him write the most fabulous story, Unicorn is completely out of ideas. His friends happily offer suggestion after suggestion, but all this does is turn him into a very Grumpycorn indeed. When the others realise that he is struggling, they decide to help and Unicorn realises how important his friends really are.


Sarah McInytre does it again! Fabulously fun and engaging, ‘Grumpycorn’ is everything we have come to expect from this talented author/ illustrator.


Being one of life’s procrastinators, I completely empathise with Unicorn as he sits to write his masterpiece. How many times when faced with a task (current one- writing reports!) have I fancied a nice cup of tea to get me started? And as for needing a new notebook- Paperchase, here I come! Children relate to this too- how many serial pencil sharpeners, devotees of the eraser and toilet trippers have taken comfort in delaying the moment that they have to actually start working?


Unicorn’s friends are delightful! Jellyfish is so excited and bubbling with enthusiasm- he might just be my favourite! Together, they show the importance of friendship and teamwork and when Unicorn realises he has behaved badly, are there to help him achieve his goal. The story lends itself beautifully to exploring feelings of frustration and how we deal with these.

The illustrations are everything you would hope for from a Sarah McIntyre book. Full of colour, humour and delicious detail, there is so much to enjoy on every spread. Unicorn’s special writing house is an absolute joy- I’d move in tomorrow! The ocean is full of lovely seahorses, fish and crabs who are watching the drama unfold as they enjoy themselves under the water. Any of these pictures could be used to inspire writing, comic strip creation or artwork with children .

A complete joy, ‘Grumpycorn’ is full of gentle humour and fabulous illustrations!

Grumpycorn Sarah McIntyre

Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407180823