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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Unicorn Princess, written by Alyssa Schermel and illustrated by Marina Saumell, follows a young girl named Emma who is having nightmares about a scary witch. Her grandmother gives Emma a necklace and encourages her not to be afraid and to find magic of her own. She eventually drifts off to sleep and is awakened in a mystical land by a distressed unicorn named Flash. Flash tells Emma the witches have captured their queen and are turning unicorns into pigs. Flash is actually a Pegasus and takes Emma to Witch Tower where the power within herself is ignited when confronted by those who wish to do her and others harm.
The Unicorn Princess is a beautiful fantasy children's book with an excellent moral to its story that is both empowering and entertaining. Alyssa Schermel provides Emma with a platform to conquer her fears, real and imaginary, and to really go out of her way to help those in need. As a mother who falls under what's come to be known as the “free-range” parenting style, I was so happy to be able to tuck my girls in and read Emma's story to them. Emma's world comes to life on the page in absolutely breathtaking illustrations that elevate the book into the realm of five stars. Marina Saumell's use of pastels, shimmer, and a variant of artwork that resembles soft watercolor is exquisite. Waterfalls, rolling hills, purple peaks, caves, and even a mermaid cove dot the landscape of Unicorn Valley. Schermel and Saumell make an amazing team and I look forward to seeing what they are able to craft next.