Reading Unicorns are small, pixie sized winged horses with a single horn.
Reading Unicorns can usually be found in libraries or places where there are lots of books or paperwork. They were first founded by an elderly cartographer. Whilst he was drawing one of his many maps he spotted a tiny winged horse reading one of them, or so he thought, thus naming the tiny creature a ‘reading unicorn’ (in reality the beast was nibbling his map). Reading unicorns can be found all over the world, the best time of day to spot one is in the early hours of the morning, when few people are awake.
Reading Unicorns come in various shades of brown, ranging from the light beige of pages in a book to the dark brown colour of old leather-bound books, although it is very rare to see the darker coloured reading unicorns. Their tails are incredibly fluffy, and their manes look like the finely shredded paper that they so often love to consume. Furthermore, they have feathered wings which allow them to glide from bookshelf to bookshelf to hunt for their favourite stories to chomp. They also have a single spiral shaped horn in the centre of their head which is as sharp as a needle.
The main food source of reading unicorns is paper. They are particularly partial to parchment paper and scrolls. They do not need to drink much and manage to gain all of their nutrients from the paper and ink that they consume, but will occasionally venture out from their bookshelves to find small amounts of water.
Interestingly, it has been discovered that reading unicorns change their features depending upon the types of books that they have eaten. For example, a reading unicorn that prefers scary stories will often develop sharp fangs and claw like hooves, but a reading unicorn that enjoys history books will often appear to have a dusty coat and mane.
Sightings of reading unicorns have declined dramatically, with many people believing that the creatures are close to extinction. The increase in e-books and developments in technology are suspected to be the cause of this decline. Many animal welfare groups have been encouraging members of the public to purchase books and keep paperwork in an attempt to increase the population of reading unicorns.
Reading unicorns will often choose to eat young students homework so teachers should be warned, next time one of your pupils say that they have ‘lost their work’ maybe, just maybe, the rare reading unicorn got a bit peckish and chose the eat it up instead!