3.0 out of 5 starsDelightful and beautifully illustrated young adult read
The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant is a charming story filled with wonderful artwork at the beginning of each chapter. I loved many aspects of this story and I can certainly see where the target audience is going to get swept up in its magic.
Classic tale of the hero being the underdog in the beginning. Overcoming obstacles to blossom into the hero they were meant to be. And he got the girl of his dreams in the end :). I am a sucker for happy endings. And let us not forget about the other wonderful unicorns that contributed to this lovely tale – Nix especially. He tirelessly protected the tribe. I became exhausted just reading about his efforts to shield everyone.The descriptions surrounding Style and her work were really entertaining:“She had dreams about new ways she could style manes and tails. She referred to her styles as artworks. The fillies got excited every time she came up with a fantastic new design for manes, tails or nails.They particularly loved her fabulous painted hoof designs. Style’s salon was often filled with fillies who wanted a new look. She was always happy to conjure up beautiful and modern creations.”Or when speaking of food – definitely mouth watering:Most unicorns have a sweet tooth, so there was no lack of deserts. There were tins of sweet mace-laced potato haystack pancakes with maple syrup and containers of warm fragrant banana raisin bread. There were also tins filled with delicious cinnamon oatmeal cookies.I applaud the way the author approached difficulties that the unicorns had and the messages that were embodied within the story were great:‘Sometimes putting oneself aside to help another was the right thing to do.’; or“Sometimes drastic choices had to be made in order to stop the advance of evil.”I was however a bit dismayed that editing had not caught some basic errors, such as the following sentence where “such” and “hear” are in the incorrect order in the sentence. “It was good to such hear pride in his sister’s voice.” Luckily, the story was engaging enough to not totally put me off. Also, some of the made up words/phrases had me giggling: “driggle-draggle or muck-spout.Along with the fabulous artwork and very descriptive writing, the written tale was an engaging story, keeping me entertained throughout. I recommend this book for those readers who are fans of fantasy…and unicorns of course.
Makes a great keepsake. Get the illustrated book in print for your fantasy library collection.
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