Unicorn for a Day

Children - Adventure
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Do you believe in unicorns and dragons and magical creatures? What would life be like if we didn’t believe? That’s what imagination is for – to create these mythical creatures in our minds and enjoy extraordinary adventures. That’s what happened to Abigail and her dad in Unicorn for a Day by Golan Vaknin. A walk home from school took them to a toy store where Abigail finds a magic umbrella that she must have. The umbrella appears to be taking them on a grand adventure when a small white dog rushes past and leads them into the magical forest. At least, it appears magical. Abigail believes she is a unicorn and her dad is her knight and the little white dog is a baby dragon that has injured itself. Dad, the knight, heals the dog’s injured paw and helps Abigail and the dog finish their adventure, find the dog’s owner, and make their way home. But the adventure isn’t over yet. The storm has ended and what do you think etched a ribbon of multiple colors across the sky? Isn’t imagination wonderful?

Golan Vaknin’s picture book Unicorn for a Day is a fun-tastic adventure full of magic and plenty of imagination. Told in simple language with lots of dialogue, this story will appeal to early readers as they can read along easily. Margaret Breen’s bright, bold, colorful illustrations add to the story and help move the plot forward. Each picture has so much detail that young readers will want to spend time studying everything they see. The story is full of fantasy mixed with reality and highlights the fond relationship between a little girl and her father. It promotes the importance of spending time with children and nurturing the love of reading with regular storytime together and enjoying the power of imagination.

Alex Ndirangu

Unicorn for a Day is an intriguing children's picture book written by Golan Vaknin and illustrated by Margaret Breen. One beautiful sunny day, Abigail and her dad decide to walk home from school. They come across an unusual toy store where shelves are piled with old toys. One big umbrella catches Abigail's eye. To her dad, it looks like an ordinary umbrella. But to Abigail, it is the most amazing shield for a majestic, magical unicorn. Soon, Abigail and her dad leave the store. Just before they reached home, a lone puppy runs between them and into a big woody park. It looks lost and scared. As Abigail and her dad race after the puppy and enter the park, dark clouds quickly block the sun. Then lightning zaps across the sky, thunder roars, and big raindrops start to fall. This no longer looks like the park they have been to before but more like the enchanted dark woods, where only a mighty knight with his sparkly magical unicorn can save the day.

Unicorn for a Day resonates with every child's imagination. Events throughout the story are narrated in the first person in a sweet, tender voice that will leave you pondering about a wonderful world with endless possibilities. More than just an epic adventure ride, this story also offers heartwarming themes and lessons that both children and adults will enjoy. Through Abigail's dad, parents learn the value of creating time for their children, and Abigail encourages children to be curious, obedient, and compassionate to animals. What I love most was how Golan Vaknin captures our attention with well-crafted conversations between Abigail and her dad and sustains it with vivid and intriguing word choices. The mesmerizing illustrations by Margaret Breen are also a key component that adds to the enjoyment of the material. Each page opens a new world of color, and the expressions she gives the characters make them even more precious. I could see when they were sad, scared, happy, or surprised. If you want to gift a child who loves adventure, knights, dragons, and the world of magic, look no further!

Pikasho Deka

Every single one of us has let our imaginations run wild when we were kids. It is what makes the world such a place of wonder and joy. Based on a true story, Unicorn for A Day by Golan Vaknin follows a little girl named Abigail who has a magical adventure with her father one day. While walking home from school, Abigail and her father come across an old toy store, where she convinces her father to buy her an umbrella. Soon, Abigail begins to see herself as a magical unicorn. When they enter the local park it turns into the enchanted woods, where they rescue a white warrior dragon named Lucy from a thorn in its claw. But now, Abigail must take Lucy to her rightful place with the good witch.

Who doesn't love stories featuring enchanted woods, warrior dragons, and magical unicorns? Unicorn For A Day is a fantasy adventure children's picture book that demonstrates how the gift of imagination can make this world a better place to live. Golan Vaknin tells the story from his own experience through the eyes of a little girl who finds a way to have an amazing adventure while traversing the local park. Margaret Breen's beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the essence of the story, bringing the characters to life and making them leap off the pages. This is the kind of story that leaves you with a smile. Recommended to kids of all ages.