Review: Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner

Review: Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner
By Danica Best

Everyone has their bad days: kids, adults, and even unicorns!

In a colourful world where every day is a perfectly happy one for the unicorns, Kevin has the strangest morning: he wakes on the floor with the messiest mane imaginable! Kevin is determined to stay positive (when is a unicorn ever NOT happy?), but a string of unlucky events will test his patience. Learning how to be honest with your feelings can be tough, especially when you’re always expected to be happy.

An enjoyable and humourous read, this book teaches kids an important message about their emotions and mental health: it’s perfectly normal to not always have a perfect day. Everyone feels sad, angry, or crummy once in a while, but burying those kinds of emotions usually ends up making your feel worse. Pretending to be happy doesn’t help Kevin, but talking about his bad day to the other unicorns does, and he even makes some new friends because he was honest with himself.

Join Kevin on his not-so-perfect adventure through the glittery cartoon world of the unicorns. The bright, colourful illustrations that Jessika von Innerebner has created for this world take centre stage in this story. Readers will enjoy the expressiveness of the characters and the creatively hilarious antics in which Kevin finds himself in.

Experiencing a full range of emotions, including the negative ones, is what makes Kevin a unicorn and makes us human beings. I’m glad that there are stories like this that teach kids that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

A great read for kids aged 4 – 8, It’s Not All Rainbows can be purchased on and at Penguin Random House.