Book Review: Unicorn Jazz
Unicorn Jazz is a Unicorn who moves to a new land with animals: giraffes, geckos, and a crow named Woof! But, she soon discovers how difficult it can be to make new friends. Her mother teaches Jazz to celebrate her uniqueness as she discovers her talent with a magical voice.
As a parent, I think that we can all agree that one of the most important things about raising our children is teaching them how to be themselves. Being a mom of three young, and incredible children I want to make sure that I teach them how to grow up to love themselves just the way they are; something I struggled with very much as a youth.
As a child, I think I strived to figure out who I was and often times doubted myself because I wasn’t considered “cool.” My self-esteem and confidence still struggle now as an adult as I continue to teach myself how to love who I am and what I am. My hopes as a mom are to lead my children on a path of self-love and acceptance of both themselves and others.
These days as a mom I love when I find books that are not only enjoyable and exciting but also present wisdom. Unicorn Jazz by Lisa Caprelli is one of those books that teach kids self-acceptance, self-love, self-confidence and overcoming your fears. Unicorn Jazz is about a Unicorn named Jazz that moves to a new place and struggles to make new friends because she is different from everyone else and finds that she can’t do things that everyone else does. Along the way, she meets a crow named Woof, who becomes a great friend and encourages Jazz to be herself. When he hears her singing, he encourages Jazz to use her beautiful voice to share with others. Jazz began to embrace her beautiful voice and overcome her struggles of not feeling like she belongs.
This book contains a great message for children to live by and really reminds me of the quote, “be a unicorn in a field of horses.” Lisa Caprelli also created a Unicorn Jazz coloring book full of activities that both you and your little one can do together after reading this beautiful book. (You can find it HERE.)
This unique story becomes complete with beautifully illustrated pages by Davey Villalobos that help capture the essence of the story. The illustrations are vibrant and bold, and each picture flows with the story very well. Unicorn Jazz is delightful and dazzling and is a must read!
Why and How to Use it With Your Kids
- Great gift to give a child of any age
- Use alongside the official Unicorn Jazz Coloring Book
- Use in a variety of settings including at home and in classrooms
- Use alongside the curriculum guide for teachers and parents
- Rep your “Mom = Love” Mother’s Day Unicorn Lover T-shirt
- Rep your Unicorn Jazz Be Bold and Brave T-Shirt
- Buy your very own Unicorn Jazz Birthday Girl T-Shirt
- Get your child to learn about the importance of family and friends
- Teach your children about the importance of being unique and being happy by being yourself
Where Can I Find Unicorn Jazz By Lisa Caprelli
About the Author, Lisa Caprelli
Lisa Caprelli has two sons; she is in a wonderful relationship with Chris, a physician; he is her partner for Unicorn Jazz. Lisa lives steps from the beach in Huntington Beach California.
Spotlight On Lisa Caprelli
We just launched a Unicorn Jazz Zoo Field Trip Guide for Teachers and Homeschool parents that currently is a free download on UnicornJazz.com. We are also building a team of Unicorn Jazz ambassadors worldwide through the power of Instagram, blog sites (like this one) and of course developing lasting friendships.
Q. What process takes place in creating your artwork?
Davey: No stress. I do 90% of my work alfresco while listening to music (from the smooth sounds of Dean Martin to the ear-blasting riffs of Slayer). And usually, a drink or 2 to relax. When you’re relaxed, the art just flows. Drawing has always been an outlet for relaxing.
Q. Can you describe the artistic process behind your illustration creations?
Davey: For the 2 books I’ve done I just read the material and can easily visualize what goes where like a movie in my head.
Q. Are there any illustrators that have inspired the way you approach your illustrative work?
Davey: Some of my favorite illustrators… Salvador Dali, Frank Frazzetta, Bob Kane (Batman),
Q. Which page was the most fun to illustrate?
Davey: For Unicorn Jazz, it was the first page. I feel it set the tone for what I wanted to create.
Q. Are you working on something new and exciting for us to look forward to?
Davey: I’m finishing up a book I wrote and drew which is all about imagination running wild. And it rhymes because I love rhyming.
Q. Did you draw as a child?
Davey: I drew on the walls… age 4. I can’t recall a time when I was drawing.
Q. What were your favorite books growing up?
Davey: Comic books and anything Dr. Suess.
Q. Where can we find you online?
Davey: Online Instagram @uncledaveydraws its new portfolio and professional type of page and is relatively new. I have a more personal page @lord_darth_baker which does feature some “odd” or humorous pieces and sometimes darker illustrations… plus my family and Sunday stuff.
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All in all, my family and I really enjoyed this book and, we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
**This book was kindly sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.