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Dear Unicorn

Dear Unicorn by Josh Funk and Charles Santoso book cover

“While you may have other unicorn books, I guarantee you don’t have one quite like this!” - 2023 Sep/Oct Kids' Indie Next List Selection

Two pen pals receive the shock of a lifetime in this giggle-inducing ode to art, friendship, and keeping an open mind! Connie's class is partnering up with pen pals, and she loves exchanging letters with her new friend, Nic, even though the two of them are polar opposites. Connie takes art seriously, while Nic has a more whimsical approach. But both eagerly await the pen pal art festival where their two classes will finally meet.

But they're in for a shock: Connie doesn't know Nic is a unicorn. And Nic has no clue that Connie is a human. With Josh Funk's signature laugh-out-loud humor and Charles Santoso's explosively fun illustrations, Dear Unicorn is a celebration of art, new friends, and stepping outside your comfort zone.

Author: Josh Funk

Illustrator: Charles Santoso

Publisher: Viking/Penguin

ISBN: 978-0593206942

Release Date: 9/19/23

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Awards and Accolades for Dear Unicorn

  • 2023 Indie Kids' Next List Selection (Sep/Oct)

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk & Rodolfo Montalvo

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and Science Fair projects.

There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?


A sweet and clever friendship story about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

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