Jake and the Purple Unicorn

Jake's Dreamland

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 12/19/2021
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Author Biography

Chris Hardy, a native of California, decided to finally pursue her long-time dream of writing books that touch the hearts of children and adults alike. "Jake and the Pandemic" was her first book and it was inspired by her nieces' experiences during the pandemic as well as the adorable dog, Jake, who she adopted after the passing of her neighbor. Her second book, "Jake's Dreamland: Jake and the Purple Unicorn," was released in December 2021 and her third & fourth books, "Grateful Jake" and "Jake and the Biggest Yawn Ever," will be released in 2022.

Her writing goals are to create engaging stories filled with humor, life lessons and education to not only help children but also to help them thoroughly enjoy their book reading experience.

When she isn't engaged in her creative outlet of writing, she runs her business that she has owned for over 19 years selling natural products. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with Jake, playing tennis with her 79-year-old mom, hiking in forests, riding bikes at the beach, vacationing in Hawaii, spending time with family and being grateful for all the good that is in her life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite

Jake and the Purple Unicorn: Jake’s Dreamland by Chris Hardy really brought out the inner child in me. I read this book out loud and found myself enjoying it. Jake goes into his dreamland and there he meets a new friend Gwen; a purple and rainbow unicorn who takes him on a wild adventure, even taking him under the deep blue sea. The rhyming was fun to follow as you met some of his friends, like Ted the toad. It’s obvious why this is such a popular series; the stories are very entertaining and the silly wordplay keeps you smiling. There is a twist at the end that will make grownups think. The illustrations were adorable and the use of color was very well done. I loved the rainbows on Gwen which gave her that magic touch and the surroundings were not neglected. There is mystic magic to this book.

Jake and the Purple Unicorn by Chris Hardy was so much fun to read to my five-year-old niece. She called it doggy magic and is obsessed with anything rainbow so Gwen was her favorite character. As I read this book to her it gave me a thrill; it was fun and silly and very well thought out. There were moments when you thought things could not get any stranger, but “seals on wheels” proved me wrong. From a child’s perspective, this is a fun book with very beautiful pictures and I as an adult tend to agree. I loved the illustrations and how well executed they were. Chris Hardy knows what kids like and delivers. This could be for a boy or a girl so there is no gender-based reading. I recommend this book to parents who want that spark of magic.

Daniel D Staats

Jake is a rescued dog who enjoys dream adventures. Chris Hardy is Jake’s mom and has decided to write about his many experiences. The second book about Jake is Jake and the Purple Unicorn. Jake meets his friend Tedd, and they go to a special place that Tedd knows about. In the woods, Jake meets Gwen, the purple unicorn. Jake climbs up on Gwen’s back, and they are off on a fantastic journey. Gwen takes Jake underwater to explore and learn about how marine life lives. Then they arrive back at Jake’s house in time to wake up. After Jake awakens, his mom is curious about his dream adventures. Jake thinks it was all a dream, but if it were, where did the anchor come from?

Chris Hardy has authored an instant hit for children. Her ability to keep a child’s attention is impressive. Her story about Jake will entertain children and those reading the story to them. Jake and the Purple Unicorn is the second installment in a series about Jake. The illustrations are by Wally__LL, a Russian who loves drawing. Wally and Chris have created a bright and cheerful book. This story will keep the attention of small children and can be used to help grow their imaginations. Chris’ style of writing is kid-friendly and encouraging. She knows what will excite a child and presents her story on their level. In addition, parents can use this book to help children learn about various animals and nature.

Natalie Soine

Jake and the Purple Unicorn (Jake's Dreamland) by Chris Hardy is a delightful story about what happens to Jake when he falls asleep. Gwen the purple unicorn takes Jake on an adventure where he meets many beautiful animals including sea creatures, a toad, wizards, lizards, and many more. The story is written in rhymes that are easy for children to learn and remember. Jake and the Purple Unicorn is pure fun, adventure, and craziness. Jake is happy to announce that his company, Jake’s World, will donate part of the proceeds from each book sale to various charities such as the Humane Society, rescue shelters, and other organizations such as St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald House to help his friends (both furry and non-furry) lead better lives.

Jake and the Purple Unicorn is a magical and unusual story. Author Chris Hardy brings Jake’s dreams to life through rhymes and beautiful illustrations. As a bedtime story, the book will help children to understand that dreams can be imaginative and unreal. After a busy day, children need to have a good rest and this story will certainly help them to relax. I love the undersea fantasy world that Chris has created as well as the creatures who live there. The colors are stunning, perfectly suited to the characters, scenes, and locations in the story. Jake and the Purple Unicorn is part of a series including many of Jake’s adventures that would make a wonderful collection. All-round, a great story, well told, well-illustrated, and highly recommended for all children.