Thelma the Unicorn snapped up by Netflix

Thelma the Unicorn snapped up by Netflix

Exciting news is in for fans of Australia children’s author Aaron Blabey. Netflix has bought the rights for Thelma the Unicorn and will shortly start work on a film adaptation, which will take the form of an animated musical.

Thelma the Unicornis a sparkly story about a pony who wishes to become a unicorn and what happens when her wish comes true. It is a joyful story about learning to love who you are… even if you don’t have sparkles.

The book has sold over 1.6 million copies to date and has been distributed in 14 countries around the world. The success of Blabey’s novels has landed him on theNew York Timesbestselling list for 32 weeks.

Aaron Blabey has been signed on as co-executive producer.

“I’m beyond excited that my beautiful phoney Unicorn is going to sparkle her way onto the screen in a big, glittery Netflix film. Thelma is SO ready for her close-up!”

The adaptation will be directed by Jared Hess (Masterminds, The Last Man on Earth). It will be adapted for the screen by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), while Aaron Blabey and Patrick Hughes of Foundation Media Partners will executive produce.

“We are huge fans of Aaron’s work. The lovable misfits in his books feel right at home for us. It is a dream come true to be collaborating with him and Netflix on an animated feature of Thelma the Unicorn.”

Aaron Blabey has written many beloved, best-selling books for children. He has around thirteen million books in print and is the creator of three hugely successful series for children; the New York TimesBestseller The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn. Each series has been translated into many languages and his work is published in over 30 countries.

Aaron’s books have won many awards, including ten REAL Awards, an INDIE Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, a Children’s Book Council of Australia – Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature, two Australian Book Design Awards and a Children’s Peace Literature Award.


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Publisher details

Thelma the Unicorn with Unicorn Horn
Aaron Blabey
Children’s Picture Book
01 August, 2017


Oh, Thelma looked amazing. She was a unicorn! 'I'm special now,' she cried out loud. And so, a star was born... Thelma is an ordinary pony who longs to be more. One day, she spots a carrot on the ground and comes up with a brilliant idea!She ties it to her head, just before a skidding truck spills pink paint and glitter all over her! Presto! Thelma is a unicorn! Thelma quickly rises to fame, but does she really want all the attention? Or would she be happier as her old self again?#15 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Younger Readers
Aaron Blabey
About the author

Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey has won a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year award for Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, an AFI Award, and his book The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon won the Patricia Wrightson Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and also won a Children's Peace Literature Award. Aaron has been included on the Smithsonian Institute's Notable Book List and has been a National Literacy Ambassador. He has more than 3 million books in print and his books are published in over 29 countries.

Books by Aaron Blabey


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