Project Description

Session Description

Do you like to read books about giants, computers who come to life, or talking animals? If so, you are probably a fan of the fantasy genre. Fantasy books tell stories that are not true, and could not ever be true. They may include imaginary worlds, fantastic creatures, or ordinary people and animals who can do extraordinary things.  Currently, some of the most popular fantasy stories are about fantastic creatures like dragons or unicorns.

Key questions answered:

  • What is fantasy type literature?
  • What are some fantastic creatures from books you have read?

Can you catch the unicorn?
You’ll have to use your brain,
So set your traps and prep your team
To pet that rainbow mane!

Adam Wallace is a children’s writer and cartoonist living in Australia. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch series and The Holiday Heroes Save Christmas.

Andy Elkerton is a children’s book illustrator based in the United Kingdom.

How to Catch a Unicorn

Fun Activity Sheets

Directions:  Every Book Talk session has “Fun Activities” that you can download, print and share.  The activity sheets include coloring, observing, building and learning.  Some of the activities are tied to the book or topic of the session, others are not.  Either way, it is my hope that you will have FUN!

Download and print one or more of these sheets.  Then using markers or crayons, decorate the sheet.  Next, create a brief story based on the picture (or pictures) you colored.  Finally, share your picture or story with Steve at:  steve@amazingbooktalks.com/amazinglibrary

Coloring Sheet Unicorn 1
Coloring Sheet Unicorn 2
Coloring Sheet Unicorn in Woods

Observation activities are designed to get you thinking outside the box.  It is my hope that you will see things in a new way, with a different perspective.  The skill of observing is helpful in reading as well as life.


Observation Sheet – How Many Prongs

Building Sheets are designed to get you involved in making something with your hands.  In this session you will create an illusion called the balancing bird using heavy cardstock, scissors and a couple of pennies.  Have fun!


Building Activity – Horse

Read My Father’s Dragon at the link below.  The novel is about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. Both a Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, it is the first book of a trilogy whose other titles are Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland.

My Father’s Dragon – Online or buy the book at Amazon:  My Father’s Dragon

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Santa Squeeze Magic trick.  Next, download and print the Magic Fun Sheet below.  This sheet provides written instructions for the trick in the video as well as a couple of bonus activities.  The video and the fun sheet are from my Amazing Magic Camp.  If you would like to learn more magic tricks or if you ever wanted to take magic lessons consider signing up for for this unique virtual camp.


Santa Squeeze


Santa Squeeze Solution

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Other Online Resources

Fantasy Literature about Unicorns

One of my favorite types of stories is fantasy.  Fantasy literature is a genre, or a type of fiction.  Fantasy stories are about magical people or creatures that exist in imaginary or strange worlds.  These stories provide entertainment for adults and children alike.   Some of the most popular fantasy stories are about amazing creatures like dragons or unicorns.

Here is a list of a few popular books about unicorns.  The descriptions are from Goodreads“In this charming, super-sparkly board book, the stars of Phoebe and Her Unicorn celebrate the magical and enchanting world of being a unicorn, along with reminding young readers that being yourself is pretty great, too.

Who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn? You get to trot majestically through meadows, perch high up on rainbows, and wear tiaras made of starlight. Phoebe lists all the wonderful things she’ll get to do and can hardly contain her excitement about having a tail and magic horn. That is, until she learns that unicorns like to eat hay instead of pizza. Maybe she’ll be a unicorn tomorrow instead!”


 am moonlight white. 
I have a magical horn.
I look a lot like a horse, of course. . . 

So begins this charming Little Golden Book that introduces the magical unicorn to the littlest readers! In this sweet story, gorgeously illustrated by Disney artist Joey Chou, a unicorn tells the readers all about herself (“My horn can make water clean, or heal a hurt”) and her magical life (“I frolic in the forest, I prance in the fields”). Sure to delight little ones who love the magic of fairy tales and beautiful creatures!”


“A celebration of all things unicorn!

Rare and majestic, unicorns are powerful, graceful, and mysterious. The Magic of Unicorns is a beautifully illustrated celebration of these peaceful mythological creatures. Part field guide, part folklore, this charming book includes traditional tales of unicorns helping lost princesses, dazzling images of unicorns from around the world, and lots of information about what they eat, where they live, and which magical powers they have. Plus, readers will get tips for spotting unicorns today!”


“Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU!

Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn’t afraid of danger. She likes danger.

Elliot and Uchenna are about to become part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.

Join Elliot and Uchenna on their very first quest as members of the Unicorn Rescue Society in this brand-new fantasy-adventure series from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.”