Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review - Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True (Uni the Unicorn #2)
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Date: 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: hardcover
Source: library

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn!

The Land of Unicorns is in trouble -- it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing.

Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed...that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I found this second installment in the Uni the Unicorn series rather underwhelming. The charm of the first one was the unique premise. In this book, the plot is that it's raining in the Land of Unicorns, so there's no magic. So Uni ends up using the power of belief to get her human friend there, and then the unicorns are all saved from the rain. Frankly, I'm not clear on the plot (it didn't really stick in my head after the first read-through, and I don't really feel like going back and reading it again).

The illustrations are (I think) done in the same style as the previous book, but they seemed simpler and more garish here. They're not bad, but I'm not loving them as much as I did in Uni the Unicorn.

This isn't a terrible book, so I might recommend it to people who've read the first one so they can have a complete set. But it's nowhere near as unique as the original, and as such, is kind of disappointing.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.33 out of 5

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