Book Review of Ajala and the Magical Unicorn Ride
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Shayo Bakare
Illustrated by Kaitlin June
Ages 4-8 | 40 Pages
Publisher: Shayo Bakare | ISBN-13: 9798985193213
What to Expect: Unicorns, Magic, Hope, Imagination
Ajala is not having a good day. From getting her lines in the school play rehearsal wrong to not speaking out when she saw a friend being bullied, Ajala feels like she can’t do anything right today. When she trips and breaks her tablet, she really feels like the day just can’t get any worse. However, the broken tablet has a few surprises in store for Ajala. It transports her to the magical world of Sanma, where Violet the Unicorn takes her to meet the stars—Confidence, Creativity, and Courage—and helps Ajala find the inner strength she needs to start a fresh, new day tomorrow.
Ajala and the Magical Unicorn Ride is a simple, sweet story about finding one’s inner strength and true self. Ajala herself is a relatable, engaging character, whose sweet nature helps readers see that poor choices and small failures are not a reflection of one’s character. Despite the presence of magical unicorns, the story is filled with realistic and believable touches, from Ajala’s familiar clothes and electronics to the big, round spectacles Confidence wears. The illustrations glow and sparkle with color, inviting readers to see the beauty in the world around them.
Overall, Ajala and the Magical Unicorn Ride is a lovely story with a lovely message.
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About the Author
Shayo Bakare is an adventurer who loves to travel and explore new places throughout the world. Shayo’s adventures growing up in multiple countries inspired her first children’s book, Ajala and the Magical Unicorn Ride. Though a healthcare consultant by day, Shayo loves to make up fictional stories on the fly for her daughters and explore new culinary experiences with her husband.
About the Illustrator
Kaitlin June is a freelance illustrator and tattoo artist who resides in Florida. She graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. She enjoys creating art from the heart and using it as a tool to heal herself and others.
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