Layla, the Last Black Unicorn (Hardcover)
This book is perfect for anyone who is nervous about being different. Layla the unicorn has to find her courage and learn to believe in her inner magic as she navigates a new school where she doesn’t quite fit in. When all the other unicorns find themselves lost on a field trip one day, it’s Layla’s turn to shine! Everyone will finish this book ready to do a little dance and know they can overcome any challenge they face. You’re ready!
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From beloved comedian, actress, and New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Haddish comes Layla, the Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, original picture book tale about a lovable but awkward unicorn who learns why her uniqueness is her biggest strength.
It’s not easy to fit in when you stand out. When Layla arrives for her first day of school at Unicornia, the school for unicorns, she realizes that she’s not like the other kids there. They’re all pastel colors and know the rules to Horn Ball and none of them come from the Woods like Layla does. Try as she might to make friends, Layla’s just . . . different. But when her class gets lost during a field trip to the Fiddle Dee Deep Forest, it’s up to Layla to step up and save the day.
Layla, the Last Black Unicorn is a hilariously heartwarming picture book about self-acceptance, self-esteem, and standing up for standing out by New York Times bestselling author, Grammy Award-winning comedian, and actress Tiffany Haddish and Jerdine Nolen, author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Thunder Rose.
About the Author
Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, host, and producer who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip. Her additional film and television work includes The Afterparty, The Card Counter, Here Today, Bad Trip, Tuca & Bertie, Kids Say the Darndest Things., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Her Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah, debuted on Netflix in December 2019. Haddish became the second black woman ever to win a Grammy for Outstanding Comedy Album and the first since Whoopi Goldberg won in 1986. She also Executive Produces and hosts Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready through She Ready Productions and both seasons are available on Netflix. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live which earned her the 2018 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” Haddish also founded The She Ready Foundation to help and support foster kids in need. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jessica Gibson is a mostly self-taught freelance illustrator who graduated from Wayne County Community College with an associate of arts degree. Though she primarily illustrates children’s books, Gibson also creates artwork for magazines and has an interest in character design. With a pen and tablet by her side, she loves creating adorable, whimsical, and sometimes quirky illustrations, ready to brighten up everyone’s heart. You can visit her at www.jessicamgibson.com.
Jerdine Nolen is the author of a diverse range of picture books, from the thoughtful In My Momma's Kitchen to the wildly imaginative Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, which was made into a TV movie. Jerdine Nolen lives with her children in Ellicott City, Maryland.
“A great read for children who need reassurance about going to school and making friends as well as for those who feel they don’t fit in.” — Booklist
“Layla has both determination and style to spare.” — Publishers Weekly
“The colorful, cartoon-style illustrations show refreshing diversity in the world of fantastical beings, and the striking black unicorn will do wonders for cultural perceptions of beauty. A winner on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews
"This book needs to be in every collection." — School Library Journal