Sunday, September 15, 2019

Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale Reader Review by Kris Y

Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale

 Reader Review by Kris Yarych


 Kris Yarych rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness this is not your typical unicorn fairytale! I enjoyed the uniqueness of this story. I cannot wait to read further about these unicorns. 



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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Dream Catcher Bedding



Unicorn Dream Catcher Bedding



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Friday, September 13, 2019

Unicorn Book Feature - A Lonely Unicorn by Alec Waugh


Sybrina's Unicorn Book Pick

Unicorns!  How we love them. . .Luckily for all of us unicorn lovers there are hundreds of unicorn books available for all age groups.  I have gathered information about as many as I can find and have placed them here for you in one convenient spot on my blog.  Today's Unicorn Book Feature is


A Lonely Unicorn

 By Alec Waugh

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Unicorn Reader - My Favorite Books Are Unicorn Books Tee Shirt

Unicorn Reader Collection

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My Favorite Books Are Unicorn Books Tee Shirt 



My Favorite Books Are Unicorn Books Tee Shirt.  This tee shirt with black logo design is from The Unicorn Reader collection.  It is also available white White Logo on dark fabrics.  It comes in several styles and colors from Adult S to Adult 2X.


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Monday, September 9, 2019

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Pink Unicorn Tapestry



Pink Unicorn Tapestry




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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Unicorn Book Feature - The Oath - Ashton and Egorn by Susan Badaracco


Sybrina's Unicorn Book Pick

Unicorns!  How we love them. . .Luckily for all of us unicorn lovers there are hundreds of unicorn books available for all age groups.  I have gathered information about as many as I can find and have placed them here for you in one convenient spot on my blog.  Today's Unicorn Book Feature is


The Oath

Ashton and Egorn

 By Susan Badaracco

One girl. One ancient warrior.
Ashton thought life would be perfect once she got that new handbag.
Fashionable clothes, trendy shoes…she had everything a girl could dream about. Until that morning…when she has lost everything.
Now, Ashton desires only one thing….Revenge.

Egorn had his own reasons for vengeance.
He wants to punish those responsible for the annihilation of his family.
Orphaned when he was young, he trains relentlessly to become a unicorn warrior. Nothing else matters. Until that morning….when he realized that protecting her was more important than anything else.

Can a unicorn who has no fighting experience protect an innocent who has no concern for her own safety?

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Unicorn Reader - This Unicorn Will Fiercely Defend Your Right To Read Tee

Unicorn Reader 

From Sybrina

This Unicorn Will Fiercely Defend Your Right To Read 
Tee Shirt 



This Unicorn Will Fiercely Defend Your Right To Read Tee Shirt.  This tee shirt with black logo design is from The Unicorn Reader collection.  It is also available white White Logo on dark fabrics.  It is available in many adult sizes in several styles and colors.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Pocket Watch



Unicorn Pocket Watch




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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Unicorn Reader - Little Unicorns Love Bedtime Stories Tee Shirt

Unicorn Reader Collection

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Little Unicorns Love Bedtime Stories Tee Shirt.  This tee shirt with black logo design is from The Unicorn Reader collection.  It is also available with white White Logo on dark fabrics. It comes in baby sizes 6 Months to 24 Months several styles and colors.  It also comes in Adult S to Adult 5X.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Unicorn Book Feature - The Unicorn War by John Lee


Sybrina's Unicorn Book Pick

Unicorns!  How we love them. . .Luckily for all of us unicorn lovers there are hundreds of unicorn books available for all age groups.  I have gathered information about as many as I can find and have placed them here for you in one convenient spot on my blog.  Today's Unicorn Book Feature is


The Unicorn War

 By John Lee

Young magician Jarrod Courtak and his sometimes unwilling companion, Marianna of Gwyndryth, are assisted by a legendary family of unicorns as they attempt to save the world of Strand and change the course of history. Reprint.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Unicorn Reader - Unicorns Read - It's What We Do Tee Shirt

Unicorn Reader Collection

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Unicorns Read - It's What We Do Tee Shirt 




Unicorns Read - It's What We Do Tee Shirt.  This tee shirt with black logo design is from The Unicorn Reader collection.  It is also available white White Logo on dark fabrics.  Youth sizes are XS to XL in several styles and colors and it also comes in adult sizes.


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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale Reader Review by KC Finn


  Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale

 Reader Review by K. C. Finn


Journey to Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale is a work of high fantasy fiction penned by author Sybrina Durant. Written for all ages, the action takes place in MarBryn, a world of unicorns where the creatures live in a sentient society. Their numbers are dwindling and the species, known as Metal Horns, are slowly dying out, which means their magic is dying with them. When their Oracle predicts that the ill-fated unicorns might find their salvation in a newborn foal, everyone’s eyes are on Blue from the moment he’s born. Unfortunately, Blue is born without metal, but the pressure of being such a disappointment drives him to succeed in other ways, and he might just turn out to be the saviour his clan is looking for after all.

The first thing that I absolutely loved about this tale was the prophecy-gone-wrong concept at its very beginning. Throughout the book, author Sybrina Durant subverts the norms of this kind of high fantasy, breaking many tropes, but then bringing in others to surprise you at just the right moment. The result is an intriguing plot line and a tale of true grit and determination as Blue attempts to live up to expectations, despite not being born with the powers he was claimed to have. There were moments where I genuinely forgot that I was reading about unicorns, because the emotional story lines of the characters were strong and relatable throughout. I believe that many fantasy fans will enjoy Journey to Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale. 


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale Reader Review by Valerie


  Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale

 Reader Review by Valerie


This was a magical tale. The author was able to transport me to a new realm and I fell in love. There is a great deal of detail in this story that fully let's you imagine this other world vividly in your mind. I often felt like I was watching a movie while I was reading. I also loved the underdog tones throughout the book. Everyone wants to rally behind a hero that nobody believes in and thinks will fail. I often found myself reading late into the night, just to see what would unfold next and how everything was going to play out. In the end I was very satisfied and thrilled to have read the story. I feel the author did a marvelous job with character development and storyline. I look forward to reading more from this author. 

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Unicorn Book Feature - The Order of the Unicorn by Suzanne Selfors


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The Order of the Unicorn

The Imaginary Veterinary: Book 4

 By Suzanne Selfors

At Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital, Pearl and Ben are greeted with some bad news. A human has been spotted in the Imaginary World! Dr. Woo suspects it might be Maximus Steele -- a poacher with his sights set on prized animal horns. What creature will he attack next? Will it be a unicorn?

Together, Pearl, Ben, and Dr. Woo travel to the Tangled Forest. It's an amazing, colorful, and wild place. Ultimately, the responsibility falls to Pearl to find the lost unicorn. But in a land of fire-breathing insects and flesh-eating flora, is she up for the challenge?

Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.

This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Order of the Unicorn. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!



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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sybrina's Blue Unicorn Book Store - Unicorn Bracelet



Unicorn Bracelet




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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale Reader Review by Teresa


  Journey To Osm - The Blue Unicorn's Tale

 Reader Review by Teresa


Ever since he was born Blue was looked down upon by the other Metal Unicorn’s. Instead of being the hope for them he was a no metal no magic unicorn. In spite of believing the oracle’s prophecy, only two of the tribe believed in him, the unicorn who revealed the prophecy and Ghel the one unicorn who loved Blue. Blue distanced himself form the tribe, but he was determined to learn to fight and become the strongest unicorn he could be. Now as prophecy’s go things are never quite what they seem leading Blue on a journey of discovery that could lead him to on an adventure of a life time.

Blue’s feelings of worthlessness and isolation can be understood by many people. His desire to make something of himself gives others hope that things can get better. Just believe in yourself and anything is possible. This is a wonderful story that combines fantasy and magic into a unique story that can be enjoyed by all ages.




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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lone Star Book Blog Tours - Yazzy's Amazing Yarn by Cathey Graham Nickell


YAZZY'S AMAZING YARN
by
CATHEY GRAHAM NICKELL
Illustrated by Emily Calimlim
  Genre: Children's Picture Book, Ages 4-8 
Publisher: Twenty-Eight Creative
Date of Publication: August 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 32

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Yazzy is a creative girl, always sketching out her next adventure. She loves yarn, and she loves to knit! Her neighborhood park is dull and rusty, but Yazzy has a grand plan. 

With a little help from her friends, Yazzy’s knitted wonders transform Penny Park into a fuzzy rainbow of warmth and color. What yarn-tastic idea will Yazzy think of next? 

The book includes a “History of Yarn Bombing” page for readers who are not familiar with this creative and whimsical type of art.

“As a teacher, it's refreshing to find a book that exposes children to an alternative art form. I'm inspired by Yazzy's story, and I know my students will be, too.” -- Deborah Horwitz, Art Teacher, The Emery/Weiner School, Houston, Texas.



Top 10 Weird-But-True Details in
Yazzy’s Amazing Yarn
by Cathey Graham Nickell

As a writer, I think it's fun to hide Easter eggs in my books here and there. Sometimes they are little nudges in my mind, other times they show up in the illustrations. For example, in my first book—Arthur Zarr's Amazing Art Car—my illustrator drew a cute little black dog into several of the scenes. That dog did not make it to the pages by accident; she is actually my sweet little Cricket who passed away in 2017, and I asked Bill Megenhardt to put her in the book. When I do school visits, students love finding out that Cricket was my actual pet! In that same first book, I created the name Arthur Zarr because I wanted his initials to be A.Z. He adds objects to the car in alphabetical order, so it seems fitting that there be an A to Z theme. Bill even drew Arthur's key chain on the last page with an AZ monogram on it! Not to be outdone, Yazzy's Amazing Yarn carries a few fun facts within its pages as well. Here are some of my top ten favorite weird-but-true details from my most recent children's book. 

1.  The main character's last name is Bobbin. Yazzy Bobbin. But it's never mentioned in the book. I'm the only person who really knows this ... but now you do too! I wanted her initials to be Y.B.—in honor of Yarn Bombing! I also thought it was a cute name because bobbins are used in sewing. I decided to leave her last name out of the book, but she does have one! 

2.  Yazzy's best friends are Kayla and Isabel. I made up Yazzy's name from my imagination; but Kayla and Isabella are actually two very special girls I know in real life. I shortened the real Isabella's name to Isabel for the sake of the book so that it would be easier to read. Kayla and Isabella are the precious daughters of a woman who works for me in various capacities, Tatiana. The illustrations don't look like the real girls, but the characters were definitely named after them. 

3.  Yazzy's favorite color is yellow. That's why she uses yellow yarn when she knits the cover for her phone! Later, she hands a green phone cover to Mr. Green... because, of course his should be green. Right? 

4.  Kayla's favorite color is pink. Isabel's favorite color is purple. Readers discover this while the girls are at the sleepover at Yazzy's house. 

5.  Yazzy's mother grew up in the very same neighborhood where she is now raising her daughter. When Yazzy and her mother walk by Penny Park, Mrs. Bobbin says, "I used to play here when I was a child." That's a hint to readers. 

6.  Wondering why I named it Penny Park? Since my last name is Nickell (spelled with a double-L at the end), I thought it was a cute play on words. Get it? Penny. Nickel? Maybe I should have named the groundskeeper Mr. Quarter instead of Mr. Green! 

7.  Speaking of Mr. Green, he cuts the grass and trims the lovely trees at Penny Park. So "green" seems like the right name for such an outdoorsy guy.

8.  There is a fountain at Penny Park. I mention this in the text, but I never say that it's a turtle fountain. I simply write, "Visitors tossed more coins than ever into the now-fuzzy fountain." My illustrator, Emily Calimlim, is the one who thought it should be a turtle. I'm so glad because that's the cutest yarn-covered turtle I've ever seen! This is what's fun about a picture book: the author writes, and the illustrator visually brings the story to life! 

9.  Hopefully readers will notice how multicultural the characters are throughout the book. That was carefully planned so that children can see themselves in the illustrations. Emily did a wonderful job in creating such a beautiful melting pot. 

10.  Occasionally people ask me if the bird on the front cover of the book is Yazzy. Nope. Just a pigeon having fun at Penny Park. Yazzy is a girl who loves to knit! She also likes birds very much, and so do I. When I was in the sixth grade, my best friend (Nenie) and I tried to save a sick pigeon; we named him Rainbow. That same year, my family also had a pet duck named Sugarfoot. Maybe that's why I've always liked birds! 



 







Cathey Nickell is a busy author and elementary school speaker, having presented at more than seventy schools to date. Yazzy’s Amazing Yarn is her second children’s book about creativity and outside-the-box artistic endeavors. She is also the author of Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car, which was awarded first place by the Texas Association of Authors in the category of Children’s Picture Books-All Ages. Cathey lives with her husband, Kevin, in Houston, where they raised their four children.


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Emily Calimlim, while not a knitting whiz herself, loves creating art with humorous and lively watercolor pictures for children. She lives in Houston with her fiancé, George, and silly studio bird, Simon. Emily spends her days capturing her ideas and imagination with paint and pencil.

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8/31/19
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