Unicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I bought this book because of my love of unicorns (and the small section on Unicorn Spells at the back to the book).
What I’ve found is that this is a book for adults with kids. Maybe small kids?
The way it’s put together is the book is fairly small, but thick; this is because the pages are not full of text, but word art and pictures (until you get to the recipes). The information given about unicorns is referenced in the back (which I love), and there are also many recent memes included. I especially like the ones about believing in yourself.
The illustrations are beautiful, if a bit cartoonish, but as its a parents book for kids, it works and goes with the themes. There are also crafts, recipes, and spells included in the book. I know I said spells and I’m sure many people are cringing at that, but don’t worry. The spells are just a complicated, fun way to communicate with the spirit of a unicorn. The spells center around finding happiness for yourself and seeing the magic of the world, nothing sinister here, it’s a unicorn for gravy’s sake!
So I do like this book, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s given me something to do for a little while!
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Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! by Jason Ferrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So to be clear with this ebook, it was somewhat obvious that the author of this ebook does know about acrylic painting, however they don’t really know how to write about. Some of the grammar, spelling, and general writing pattern was just a bit off and in some cases made the writer seem less knowledgeable about their subject. (There were several uses of “apparently” that made the author appear less confident.)
Apart from the writing, this is a basic “how-to” for acrylic painting. For reference, I did have a painting class in college, and since then have been to several painting classes since then. From this perspective I did appreciate the information in this ebook.
There’s a chapter on the history of acrylic paints, one on practical supplies, one on techniques, another on tips, and so on. I found it to be a good starting point, though I doubt the validity of “mastering acrylic painting in 24 hours” in the title as this ebook would be enough to get you experimenting, but I doubt you would completely master anything in 24 hours.
Anyway, I did like it, it does have some good points, just remember this person knows more about acrylic painting than writing.
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