Blog Tour – How to Grow a Unicorn

How to Grow a Unicorn

Written by Rachel Morrisroe

Illustrated by Steven Lenton

Published by Puffin

What it’s about?

Welcome to Mr Pottifer’s Parlour of Plants: a magical shop with the most surprising plants you’ll ever see!

Sarah thinks she’s discovered the perfect gift for her garden-loving grandma, but before you can say GARDEN FULL OF UNICORNS, things grow wildly out-of-hand!

Live your own hilarious unicorn fantasy in this rip-roaring, rhyming delight from a terrifically talented new picture book author, with illustrations from the brilliant, bestselling illustrator Steven Lenton – illustrator of Shifty McGifty and The Hundred and One Dalmations picture book.

What we think:

This book is absolutely delightful!

It is so magical and the illustrations are absolutely stunning. There is so much to see on every page.

Sarah decides to grow an interesting plant for her Grandma’s birthday so she heads to Mr Pottifer’s Parlour of Plants full of weird and wonderful, terrifying and terrific plants and flowers.

There’s so much to choose from, but she chooses to grow-your-own pet unicorn – because who doesn’t want a pet unicorn! But instead of following the instructions, she decides to plant all 24 seeds and ends up with a herd of unicorn causing chaos.

Not least because they are leaving rainbow poop everywhere!

This is such a fun book. Fantastic rhyming that the Little Monster’s starting to read by himself now and a great story. He especially love the magical rainbow poop!

There’s so much to talk about with this book. And a lovely plant themed reading guide too.

We have absolutely loved this book. Mr Pottifer’s Parlour of Plants is such a wonderful creation – there must be so many more adventures to had behind those doors.

About the author:

Rachel Morrisroe worked in various media and public affairs jobs, including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, before becoming a writer. When she wasn’t promoting the animals to the media or interviewing celebrities who had rehomed pets, Rachel got to foster puppies and walk dogs in her lunchbreaks. Rachel has also worked in journalism, as a public affairs consultant and in external affairs for an economic think tank – but none of these roles were quite as fun because there weren’t any dogs in the offices.




Steven Lenton is a multi-award winning illustrator, originally from Cheshire, now working from his studios in Brighton and London. He has illustrated many children’s books including Head Kid and The Taylor Turbochaser by David Baddiel, The Hundred And One Dalmatian’ adapted by Peter Bently, The Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series by Tracey Corderoy, Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s fiction titles and the Sainsbury’s Prize winning The Nothing To See Here Hotel series by Steven Butler.

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Thank you to Puffin for our gifted copy of How to Grow a Unicorn and to Kaleidoscopic Tours for inviting us to be a part of this magical blog tour.

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