Sally Odgers (text), and Adele K Thomas (illustrator), Pearl the Magical Unicorn, Scholastic Australia, July 2018, 128 pp., RRP $9.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781742993133
Pearl is a magical unicorn who wants to use her magic to help her friends but Pearl’s magic doesn’t always go to plan. Her friends, Tweet and Olive, encourage Pearl to keep trying. Many mishaps later, Pearl worries that her magic may actually endanger her friends and decides to be just plain Pearl. However the group find themselves in a stinky situation with mischievous gobble-uns. Will Pearl be able to use her magic to save her friends?
This is a light hearted adventure story with a positive message that is fun to read aloud. Printed with pink highlights throughout, varied fonts and comical illustrations, this book will appeal to young readers beginning to read chapter books. Further books in the series are planned, with the next title, The Flying Unicorn, due to be released in November.
Themes: friendship, resilience, unicorns, adventure, magic, humour
Reviewed by Sharon Seymour