Of Bedtime Stories and The Last Unicorn

When I was a little girl, I was a very hard to impressed kind of child. I was quite a tough nut to crack, and it takes a lot to impress me. I am still like that. I am not easily swoon with admiration for people who glittered with glamour. No, that’s just not me. I admire things that’s larger than life, and things that not many people can do.

I admire unsung heroes. To me, anyone can be on TV… anyone can be famous and make it to the front page of a glossy magazine, but not many can be unsung heroes and tell extraordinary stories that will be etched in your memories forever.

When I was a child, I did not like the normal happily ever afters. I love adventures and queer stories that does not exactly involved a desperate princess who needs some rescuing. I like stories where princesses do some rescuing of their own.

I hate weak characters with a passion. And my father had to create stories for me for our bedtime story sessions. Thank God, though, I don’t hate all ready-written storybooks. One of the books that I loved to listen to when I was a child was ‘The Last Unicorn’ by Peter S. Beagle.

It’s a story filled with captivating magic and it never failed to enchant me every time. The Last Unicorn follows the journey of a unicorn and the unicorn’s discovery of reality, truth, love and adventure. It’s the kind of story that will intrigue a child, and I daresay, most adult as well. The Last Unicorn is the kind of story that not only will make you laugh, but touch your heart and make you cry as well.

I’ve forgotten about this story til recently I noticed that the book has been made into a comic book, and it’s for review on Netgalley. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle was given a new breath and published by IDW Publishing in 2011 and it’s livelier than ever.

I couldn’t help myself and requested it for review, and the illustration is superb and beyond my expectation.I fell in love with this story all over again, and it’s one story that I would not mind sharing with my boy during our bedtime story session.

Yes, people, I do tell bedtime stories to my son, despite the fact that he struggles to concentrate listening to the stories. Somehow, I have the kicks out of scaring him with stories that I made up as I go. I know it’s not a very good thing to tell the typical bedtime stories to your child, but then again… I’m sure he will appreciate it when he grows older. He get to tell people that his mum is unique and he had a hell of a childhood with her.

Mummies and daddies out there, do you tell bedtime stories to your children before they go to sleep? If you do, what is their favourite story? Do you read to them, or you made up stories as you go? Care to share with me your children’s favourite stories and your own personal favourite when you were children yourselves?

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from IDW Publisher via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for  this review/write-up. I rate this book 5 stars.

Book description:

Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power.

Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon.

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Cleffairy:  Bedtime stories keep children’s imagination alive and help them believe in wondrous possibilities. Tell it to them before they grow up and start doubting the power of imagination.

4 comments

    • Cleffairy says:

      Nah, Chris. I dun think so. Only typical and chauvinistic Cinapek fathers dun tell bedtime stories or sing lullabies. The mindset is just leave the children upbringing to the ladies while their responsibility is bring back money for the family.

      My dad tell bedtime stories til I was 8. Made up stories and biblical stories. He did the same with my kid sister. My grandpa, my uncles all tell bedtime stories to their kids too. And I know some daddy bloggers who tells bedtime stories and sing lullabies to their kids when their kids are young too.

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