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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Stephanie DiCarlo’s whimsical and colorful children’s book, Yuni, features an adventurous ear of corn. Yuni overhears two birds chatting about an amazing but mysterious one-horned animal. At first, Yuni dismisses their conversation as she does not believe such a creature ever existed, but then an idea comes to her. Armed with her pen and travel journal, she starts off on a journey to find the mystifying beast. The journey is long and treacherous. Yuni Corn has to travel over vast lands and streams but the peculiar animal still turns out to be too cunning for her. Yuni does not give up. She continues on her mission, undeterred by the obstacles. During the journey, she grows smarter but, still, the animal she is in search of is determined to remain hidden.
Yuni by Stephanie DiCarlo contains a unique and quirky character. Using an ear of corn as the main character adds interest and surprise to the story. Yuni also shows determination as she sets off on a quest that is challenging and requires her to continue growing in her skills in order to be successful. The images are captivating yet not overpowering. They are a delightful addition as they stir the imagination. The rhyming words in the text will help young readers learn and remember new words. They also add a rhythm to the story which makes it easy and fun to read. I also liked the points of suspense contained in the book, which makes the plot even more engaging. Yuni is creatively written and illustrated. It also contains a surprise at the end of the story.