When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realises that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.
Amy Young was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and though she trained and practiced as a lawyer, she has always wanted to be an artist. Her first picture book, which she wrote and illustrated, was Belinda the Ballerina. Since then, she has written and illustrated many picture books. She lives in Spring Lake, Michigan, with her husband.