Saturday, December 28, 2019

Bo's Magical New Friend

Elliot, Rebecca. Bo's Magical New Friend (Unicorn Diaries #1)
December 26th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Bo is glad to be at school and working towards a patch for her blanket, and she is also glad to see a new classmate at Sparklegrover School for Unicorns, Sunny. Sunny is a bit unusual because he doesn't know what his magical power is. Bo's is to grant wishes, so she wants Bo to make a wish to know his powers, but he does not. When the unicorns go out on a trip, trolls capture Sunny and another unicorn, and the others must use their powers to free their friends. After this, the group prepares for their patch ceremony and parade. Bo manages to get her patch, and Sunny figures out his powers.
Strengths: This is super cute, and the illustrations are adorable. I don't know any six year olds who would not want to read this. The story is solid, with a little adventure and some light friend drama. The little longer length is great for young readers who want something more substantial than an I Can Read book.
Weaknesses: The shape shifting Mr. Rumptwinkle really fell down on the job when the trolls got his students, didn't he? What's the purpose of turning into a bunny and following the unicorns if he doesn't keep them safe?
What I really think: While The Owl Diaries have done well with my lower levels readers, this is just a bit too twee for middle school. I will pass on purchasing, but would definitely get this for elementary school.
Ms. Yingling

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