Be A Unicorn – Sarah Ford

…and Live Life on the Bright Side

Given how foul half the news is these days, anything that promises to add a bit of positivity and humour to life sounds like a great idea! πŸ™‚

Be a Unicorn is a bit of both. Illustrated with charmingly childish doodles, it contains things such as Unicorn’s 10 Rules for a Good Life, e.g. “Know that sometimes you will make mistakes. After all, you are only a unicorn”, and “Cake is delicious, but unicorns cannot live by cake alone.” All very sweet, and yet also quite true.

After this comes a series of sentences and accompanying drawings, and these are a little more random, perhaps, and even a little strange in one or two cases.

It’s also worth noting that this is not really a kid’s book. It’s that strange sort of title that makes you think it might be, or for those embracing their childish side (“Unicorn laughed so much at his own joke that he made a small puddle”), but actually I think the messages are only really aimed at those adults needing to find their inner child. Unless, of course, you want to explain why “Unicorn decided to wear the bikini” (good body image message for grown ups, of course) or why he’s wrapped around a pole for his new exercise class o_O

Knowing what to expect, a second read confirmed to me that this is just a sweet little book of positivity, with a slight strangeness that adds to the humour. I can see this being an excellent secret santa or stocking filler, to be honest – especially for the unicorn lover in your life πŸ™‚

NetGalley eARC: 96 pages, with illustrations
First published: 2017
Series: none
Read from 16th September 2017

My rating: 7/10

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