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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.