Blurb: Do you know how unicorns got their horns? It all began once upon a magic forest, when a little girl called June discovered tiny horses learning how to fly in her garden. But one of the poor horses couldn’t fly at all! So June thought of a very sweet and very scrummy way to make her new friend happy. What do you think it could have been?
Title: Once Upon a Unicorn Horn
Author: Beatrice Blue
Illustrator: Beatrice Blue
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, owned by Quarto Knows
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
This book tells the story of how June, a little girl with a love of adventure, finds a bunch of tiny horses in her garden, but one of them can’t seem to learn to fly. She sets out on a mission to help her new friend, but ends up discovering the secret to how unicorns get their horns.
This story is magical and sweet from start to finish! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and really capture the magic within the pages. I loved the characters so much as well – June’s adventerous spirit was infectious and her relationship with her parents was adorable. I particualrly loved that when she came to them with stories about tiny horses who were learning to fly, they didn’t laugh or tell her she was silly, they jumped right in and got involved. It’s lovely to see such a relationship in a book and it really fed into the fun, silly nature of the book. I also adored the tiny horses! They look so snuggly! 😍
As for what I disliked, there really wasn’t much. I guess my reason for the slightly dropped rating was that, despite being a beautiful and fun story, there wasn’t a message at the end, except for it being a nice thing to try and make your friends happy. This most definitely doesn’t take away from the enjoyment or how gorgeous it is but, personally, I’m a sucker for a children’s book with a message.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a little magic with their bedtime story. The plot and the illustrations were simply adorable and I’d be on the look out for anything else from this author!
Have you read this book? Have you read anything similar? What did you think? 📚