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The Last Unicorn by Peter B. Gillis
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Jun 23, 2011

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The Last Unicorn is a classic tale that pits nature against man and good against evil. I first watched the film adaptation of The Last Unicorn this past year and fell in love with the story. The story follows the last unicorn left as she leaves her forest home in search of the rest of the unicorns. As she journeys across the land, she finds out that not only are the unicorns gone, man has stopped believing in unicorns. Along the way, she meets a wizard who has trouble getting spells to do what he asks of them, a woman who still believes in magic, and a prince who tugs at her heart.

The graphic novel edition is illustrated in the same style as the film adaptation of The Last Unicorn. The vivid, colorful illustrations accurately capture the magical and fantastical nature of the setting and bring the characters to life while giving insight into the characters’ thoughts, something that is hard to work into a film.

As the illustrations provide for the setting and action, the language is simple and limited to context and dialogue, and so young children will be able to read it as well. I’m so excited about this because it is definitely a story that everyone should read. It conveys so many important messages to the reader.

The unicorn possesses a strong spirit within a soft and amiable demeanor and will capture your heart from the first pages. Readers will cry for her as she learns the state of the world and what comes upon humans when they forget the power of faith. And again when a well-meaning magic spell goes awry and threatens to tear away her identity, forcing her to learn the heartache of a human’s heart.

A poignant tale of love, loss, and magic, The Last Unicorn incorporates themes such as the consequences of greed, the importance of faith, and the need to respect nature. It is also a story of love and knowing when to let go. If you loved the film, you’ll enjoy reading the graphic novel edition. If you loved the book, you’ll adore the gorgeous illustrations in the graphic novel edition. And if you haven’t heard of The Last Unicorn, you should definitely pick up a copy of this! The Last Unicorn will relate to people of all ages and is a read that I strongly recommend.
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