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The 5 Most Magical Unicorns in Literature

It truly is a wonderful world where we can collective say that today, April 9th, is National Unicorn Day. These mythical creatures have floated around in our popular consciousness since  the time of the Ancient Greeks and have continued to stay in our culture. Remember this?

 

Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino
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It was delicious. So, in honor of these honored creatures that have both shaped and been shaped by our shared culture, let’s look at the 5 unicorns that been galloped pop culture.

5.  Not Quite a Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal Cover

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Let’s start with a recent book. Published February 14th, 2017, we have Not Quite a NarwhalIt might not seem much, but this little picture book was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books, stunning both children and parents alike with its beautiful artwork…

 

Not Quite a Narwhal
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…and its themes of finding who you are and where you belong.
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Congrats to Jessie Sima! Clearly a talent author and illustrator, she has a lot to be proud of.
Unicorn from Narnia, illustration
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Let’s get serious now. A war is raging. The Evil White Witch is leading an attack against Aslan and, for the sake of all of Narnia, Aslan needs all the help he can get. Of course Unicorns join this great battle in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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But when Aslan needs everything to join him in the terrifying climax in The Last Battle against the devil God Tash, and with everyone from Eustace Scrubb to Lucy Pevensie, of course the unicorns are back.
“Dear King,” said the Unicorn, “I could almost wish you had, so that I might forgive it. Farewell. We have known great joys together. If Aslan gave me my choice I would choose no other life than the life I have had and no other death than the one we go to.”
Unicorns are an inspiration to us all.
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3. You Don’t Want a Unicorn

This book is no joke. In fact, it might save your life. Released on, February 14th, 2017 the information this book provides is so valuable that I can’t believe we’ve survived as a species this long without this crucial knowledge.

I’ve dilly-dallied enough. Ame Dyckman teams up with illustrator Liz Climo to create this laugh-out-loud hilarious book, You Don’t Want a Unicorn. It’s a cautionary tale taken to the extreme, asking us the hard hitting questions like: Are unicorns magical delight incarnate or are they a mythological menace?

 

You Don't Want a Unicorn book

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With images of a unicorn getting its horn stuck in a ceiling after a gentle hop to cupcakes you can’t eat all over the house (don’t ask where they come from), you’ll laugh until you have tears down your face. You might not think about this book right after you put it down, but, like a boomerang, it will come back…

…and at that moment you’ll realize that this story actually has broader themes. From pets to children, this cute cautionary tale gives you the right amount of laughter and the right amount of fear all rolled into one pretty (and disarming) package.

 

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Although a unicorn never shows up to properly stab Voldemort in his snake-like face, they do encounter each other. Unfortunately it’s in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Voldemort is on the back of Professor Quirrell. And he’s eating unicorn blood to sustain himself.

 

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Thanks JK. Why couldn’t a unicorn get revenge on Voldmort by stabbing him? Or at least at one point in the book the unicorn could have gotten in a quarrel in Professor Quirrell.

1. The Last Unicorn

Neil Gaiman is a fan (“I loved The Last Unicorn…”), George R R Martin is a fan, but are you a fan of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn?

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First published on March 25th, 1968, the book is about a unicorn named Lady Amalthea who realizes she is the last her kind. Setting out to find her compatriots, Lady Amalthea. Along the way she picks up the sorcerer Schmendrick and the bitter but hopeful Molly Grue.

This may seem to be a lighthearted journey, and in many ways it is — after all, it is a young adult child’s book — but within the pages are universal themes that reach beyond the words themselves. The book talks about death, fate, what when to fight and when not to fight, and what doing what needs to be done even if you don’t want to.

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The novel deals with very adult themes, showing that unicorns can be used to express anything from purity to love to grief and heartache — in fact, unicorns can cover that cover the whole human spectrum of emotions, and that’s amazing considering they are usually just white horses with a horn on their head.

 

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An Unofficial Narnia Sequel May Never Be Released

The Chronicles Of Narnia is one of the most beloved fantasy series of all time. Each of the seven books holds a special place in people’s hearts, and it’s hard to think of any author who can match C.S. Lewis’ iconic voice.

 

But one author may have come close to perfecting Lewis’ style of storytelling.

 

In a report from The Guardian, English author Francis Spufford wrote an unofficial Narnia book titled The Stone Table for his daughter during his free time. The title is taken from the location in Narnia where Aslan was sacrificed in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story focuses on Polly Plummer and Digory Kirke, who are both protagonists in The Magician’s Nephew. While Spufford didn’t offer any details about the plot, he did say that the story “explains why there are four empty thrones in the castle of Cair Paravel, and where the Stone Table came from.”

 

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Francis Spufford. Image Via Aitken Alexander Associates

 

Spufford wrote the book without permission from the Lewis estate. When he wrote to them about the possibility of publication, the estate did not respond. Spufford then decided to self-publish. Seventy-five copies were made, and Spufford only gave away copies to close friends, who all gave positive reviews to the book.

 

While there is still no word on whether the Lewis estate will allow a publication, Spufford hasn’t given up hope.

 

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