Unicorns, Myths and Monsters - Anne Marie Ryan
Straight from the Magical Unicorn Society's Department of Unicorns, Myths, and Monsters comes a collection of stories dedicated to the magical creatures – good and bad – that exist alongside unicorns.
The Magical Unicorn Society is opening its doors once again, to reveal eight brand new stories about the world’s most mysterious, magical, and elusive creatures. This time, the stories come from the MUS’s Department of Unicorns, Myths and Monsters, dedicated to the magical creatures – good and bad – that exist alongside unicorns. Introduced by department head and intrepid explorer, May Shaw, there are tales of fearsome, fire-breathing dragons, phoenixes rising from the ashes, mysterious kraken that lurk in the deep, imps, sprites, and werewolves in mythical forests, as well as the eight unicorn families and those who have encountered unicorns throughout history.
Each of the eight stories is accompanied by striking, full-color artwork that shows the powers of the specific mythical creature in more detail, as well as an epic illustration of a key moment from the text. Perfect for fans of the previous bestselling titles in the series.
My review: I opened this book with no previous knowledge of the others, with a fresh view of the series, expecting it to be an encyclopedia. What a wonderful surprise I had. After presenting the unicorn families from the point of view of the Magical Unicorn Society, it continues with delightful stories. There are various other creatures presented at the beginning of each tale, creatures from different world mythologies which are categorized again at the end of the book. Each story is sure to delight young audiences and adults alike. There is even a small quiz at the end, an extra moment of fun where the little ones can find out what mythical creature best suits their personality. The best part about it is the artwork. The illustrations are vibrant and catchy, and they have the potential to turn this book into a favorite in every child's library. This review was carefully vetted and approved by a 5-year-old bookworm.
Publisher: Michael O'Mara (February 1, 2022)
Hardcover: 128 pages
Reading age: 9 - 12 years
Review copy provided by the Independent Publishers Group @ Edelweiss+