Realistically, there is only one book that could follow after Uni the Unicorn:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat.
When a book starts off with an adorable little paper-crowned blob (rather resembling an Adipose) yawning beside a rainbow, you know it’s going to be good.
The blob is named Beekle, and he is an imaginary friend. Born on an “island far away where imaginary friends were created,” Beekle stood under the stars and waits for his turn to be picked by a child of his own.
He waited, and he waited, and he waited, but his turn never came.
Until finally, Beekle decided to take matters into his own hands and do “the unimaginable:” Go on a journey to the real world, and search until he found his friend himself.
The real world, it turned out, was pretty weird, however. “No kids were eating cake. No one stopped to hear the music. And everyone needed naptime.”
And friends there could be pretty hard to find.
But if you are lucky (and plucky!) enough to get out there and keep going until you do find a friend…maybe then the world begins to feel a little less strange. :)
And that’s exactly what Beekle is here to remind us of. That, and the sheer power of being adorable.
(Spoiler: Beekle’s squishy little face when given his name may be one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while, and is worth picking up the book for in and of itself. Just sayin’.)