Review: Into The Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Review: Into The Land of Unicorns by Bruce CovilleInto the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
Series: Unicorn Chronicles #1
Published by Scholastic, Incorporated on 2008
Genres: Action & Adventure, Animals, Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 159
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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A gorgeous paperback reissue of Bruce Coville's enchanting UNICORN CHRONICLES, timed for the release of the long-awaited conclusion in hardcover! In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn. Cara's band of friends comes to include a hairy creature named the Dimblethum and the monkey-like Squijim. Together, they set out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man following them does-and to prevent the destruction of all unicorns forever.

If you know me at all as a person/blogger you know that I am firmly rooted in the Team Unicorn camp. What kind of a fan would I be if I didn’t read what is out there about unicorns? So, of course when I had the chance to obtain Into The Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville, I took it. I read this middle grade novel back in April 2010 for the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon, so forgive me if I am a bit sketchy with details and such.

Into The Land Of Unicorns starts off with action.You see, Cara is on the run from a scary dangerous dude. SO she runs into a church, wearing a magical amulet, and jumps out of said church at the 12th chime and INTO THE LAND OF UNICORNS aka Luster. She then becomes BFF with a unicorn named Lightfoot, and what I consider to be a yeti-type thing named Dimblethum.

Adventures ARE had. Essential to these adventures are getting to the unicorn queen in time before the unicorns are destroyed. Oh, and there are unicorn hunters, but they hunt because they are douches, not because the unicorns are of the Peterfreund variety.

Unfortunately, I never fully engaged with Coville’s story of unicorns, but there’s a good reason. You see, I was dog sitting during the readathon. Me, being me, thought oh hey I can totes let the German shepherds run loose in the backyard AND read my book. Then, of course, a person walked by the front yard, so the pups ran away. They run fast and we don’t have a fence. And, of course, I had to catch the dogs which FYI really takes your concentration away.

German Shepherds, Christmas Tree

Also, this book does border on cheesy, as almost everything works out for the heroine and cast of characters, but I guess 7 year olds or fourth graders don’t care much about that.

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  1. Oh man, I remember this book! I think I read it back in about grade 6 or so, and absolutely loved it (even through the cheese factor). I’m pretty sure I still have it kicking around somewhere (including the 2 or 3 sequels!). Bruce Coville was a pretty big ‘go-to’ author for me back in middle school.

  2. You’re dogs are so cute! I love German Shepherds! I have one myself. They’re such a great breed!

  3. Having read this book for the first time round about third grade, I can report that no, I did not care about the cheesiness at all. But when I came back and reread it I was sad to find it did not live up to my third-grade memories of it.

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