The Resource Bad unicorn, by Platte F. Clark

Bad unicorn, by Platte F. Clark

Label
Bad unicorn
Title
Bad unicorn
Statement of responsibility
by Platte F. Clark
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Language
eng
Summary
Max Spencer is an underachiever but when a carnivorous unicorn, Princess the Destroyer, and an evil wizard, Rezormoor, bring him, the only one who can read the legendary Codex of Infinite Knowability, to their magical realm, he must find the courage to save himself, his friends, and the entire human race
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  • Gr 8 Up — This rollicking urban fantasy takes place in several different worlds, in several different time periods. Max Spencer is a middle school student in Smalltown, USA. He and his friend Dirk are appealing nerds who accidentally end up transporting themselves, their friend Sarah, and a magic-store owner/dwarf to their future world-a world populated by self-aware machines and ruled by the maniacal unicorn "Princess," who rose to power after wiping out the human race. Now Max needs to learn how to harness the Codex of Infinite Knowability in time to be the victor in a gladiator-style fight to the death while his friends train an army of frobbits to come to his aid, all in an effort to go back in time and save humanity. With a cast of lovable characters (even Princess is a lot of fun) and a fast-paced plot, this book is sure to please readers. Zombie ducks, frobbits, wisecracking daggers, and an intelligent arcade game from the '80s give this story a wonderfully eccentric flair reminiscent of Libba Bray's Going Bovine (Delacorte, 2009). A great addition to any library.—Sunnie Sette, New Haven Public Library, CT --Sunnie Sette (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 5, p104)
  • Harry Potter meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in an initially witty debut that ultimately collapses. Seventh-grader Max Spencer isn't athletic, clever, brave or particularly kind, and he sure isn't popular. But he is the long-lost heir of the arch-sorcerer who created the Codex of Infinite Knowability, which only Max can read. Inaccessible in our magic-free dimension, the Codex's powerful spells are coveted by the mages of other realms; to retrieve it, they enlist the most vicious flesh-devouring monster known: Princess the Destroyer, the eponymous bad unicorn. The setup cleverly skewers common fantasy tropes, and delightfully gruesome vignettes of mayhem add extra spice. Though wildly uneven, the gags fly so rapidly that some are bound to provoke snickers. Unfortunately, Max has been rendered as such a convincing loser that it's hard to root for him as a hero; his friends are shallow clichés and offensive stereotypes, and the remaining characters are merely walking punch lines. Identifying target readers isn't easy; the protagonists' ages (and the proclivity for crude humor) suggest a middle school audience, who will be baffled by plot twists relying upon the mechanics of '80s-style arcade and tabletop games (let alone by the Al Gore jokes). The clunky, stilted prose is littered with $20 vocabulary. And when the many rambling discursions eventually converge to a genuinely gripping climax, too many storylines are simply dropped, apparently forgotten. Like a comedian repeating the same joke louder each time: at first funny, then annoying; finally, just sad. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10183546
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Clark, Platte F
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 870L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
6.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bad unicorn trilogy
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Books and reading
  • Unicorns
  • Wizards
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Bad unicorn, by Platte F. Clark
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sky254229695
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9781442450127
Lccn
2013001877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Bad unicorn, by Platte F. Clark
Publication
Copyright
Note
sky254229695
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9781442450127
Lccn
2013001877
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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