Sunday, September 6, 2020

Review - Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn

Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn

by Beatrice Blue
Date: 2019
Publisher: Clarion Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

Do you know how unicorns got their horns? Find out in this charming picture book about friendship, family, and magic. (Hint: It's something sweet!)

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book is sort of mythology in a blender. I'm not sure it works.

A little girl named June finds a bunch of magical baby horses who are learning to fly. One of them, however, seems to be having trouble. June gets really worried about this, and tells her parents. They come up with a solution that seems to have nothing to do with anything, the baby horse learns to fly, magic horses decide to wear horns on their heads to honour June (this is where unicorns come from), and June realizes she's full of magic.

It's really kind of disjointed. I'm not sure what ice cream cones have to do with flying. And unicorns--as far as I know--don't fly.

The pictures, however, are adorable. June in her bunny cape is cute, and the little horses look cuddly and sweet. There's a luminescent quality to some of the illustrations that's lovely.

I just wish the pictures had a stronger story to go with them.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.83 out of 5

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