Popcorn the Unicorn Book Review
Unicorns may not be real, but the current unicorn trend certainly is! People all over the world have been enjoying Unicorn Sequinned Jeans, Unicorn Body Glitter, Unicorn Bagels & even Unicorn Frappuccinos!
Recently I was asked to review a new children’s book, written & illustrated by Danielle Smurthwaite, all about one of these magical creatures! It was something I was really looking forward to as I haven’t yet introduced Sophie to the mystical world of unicorns so thought this would be the perfect chance.
“Popcorn is a unicorn, and in this story you will see, how he got his special name, and how naughty he can be.”
The story follows the protagonist, Popcorn, who enjoys wandering through the woodlands. On his walks, he meets several other magical characters including pixies, dwarves & dragons, who are all enjoying themselves at various parties. Sadly, because of Popcorn’s rather naughty nature, he spoils each character’s fun by popping their balloons / party bubbles with his unicorn horn.
Feeling guilty about upsetting the characters, Popcorn decides his talent for popping things could be used to show he’s sorry! So he POPS many boxes of popcorn & delivers them to the different characters. He is forgiven for his mistakes & given the nickname ‘Popcorn’. As he falls asleep that night, beneath the stars, he decides to stop being naughty once & for all.
Looking through the book, I was impressed with the illustrations. The colours used are the same theme throughout & are really subtle. It’s not your stereotypical luminous pink, glittery unicorn book like, for example, My Little Pony.
There is a decent amount of text on each page, making it a good length for a bedtime story. As Sophie is only 2, I did spend more time talking about what was happening in the pictures rather than reading. However, it would be more readily understood by a slightly older child, which is the age group the book is aimed at.
The story rhymes throughout, which is always a hit with children, although some ‘rhyming’ words did feel a little forced e.g. “tree” & “trophy”. The language used is generally simple & appropriate for early readers. Sophie particularly enjoyed the parts of the story that were repeated –
“His horn started popping balloons, he popped ONE, popped TWO, popped THREE. He saw the pixies drop one by one, and quickly shouted, “It wasn’t me!”
This gave her the opportunity to try & join in with me reading & practise her counting skills.
Overall, Popcorn the Unicorn is an enjoyable story with a clear moral that children will understand. I love fantasy stories & used the book as one way to help introduce Sophie to some different mystical creatures.
You can get your own copy of Popcorn the Unicorn from Amazon!
Or you can get a SIGNED copy of the book from the author’s website, The Unicorn Room.
**We were sent this Popcorn the Unicorn book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.