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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bad Unicorn Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442450126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442450127
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-A familiar premise-underdog kid is the only one who can save the world-is put through a satirical shredder. What comes out is action and suspense with a hilarious Monty Pythonesque edge. Multiple points of view keep the plot humming.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Middle-schooler Max Spencer has had the Codex of Infinite Knowability as long as he can remember. Jostling along on the school bus, he prepares to use the tome in his oral book report. He plans to read a section about unicorns, but when he stands before the class, what appears before his eyes is the chapter “On Frobbits.” Confused, Max begins to read, with no inkling that he and three friends are about to leap through time, fight the bad Princess Unicorn (now turned Robo-Princess), and destroy Machine City. In their adventures, the four encounter numerous weird beings and frightening situations. Max loses the Codex but gains the inner strength to get them home safely. If readers get past the prologue and first few chapters and can keep straight the numerous characters and story threads, they should be on board to finish out the escapades—a good thing, seeing as how the ending seems to hint toward a sequel. Grades 5-8. --J. B. Petty

More About the Author

Platte F. Clark shares his first name with the midwestern Platte River, which he's been told means "wide and shallow." Despite that he was able to find a woman to marry and produce seven offspring with.

Platte graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Philosophy and an MS in English, and currently lives with his family in Utah.

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Customer Reviews

The third book of the trilogy should come out in 2015).
Balloonguy
Clark writes with a terrific, kid-accessible voice, and has a flat-out hilarious sense of humor.
Big Dave
Highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. read it or the zombie duck will get you...
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book that I've found that really successfully combines bizarro plot and bizarro characters in a satisfying and accessible read for younger readers.

Wikipedia defines "bizarro fiction" as: "... a contemporary literary genre, which often uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive works that are as weird and entertaining as possible." That fits this book to a T". There are lots of good adult examples, like Robert Rankin's The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, but there isn't much for kids.

And this book works on many levels - there are small laughs built into little throw-away lines and bits of dialogue. There are dry and deadpan laughs provided by the narrator. In the big picture the entire plot follows all of the classic middle grade fantasy/quest conventions but subverts them and goofs on them in a way that a middle grade reader can get and appreciate the joke. None of this is mean spirited or overwrought; it's all played for fun and games with a nudge and a wink.

So, if you have a middle grader with a taste for, or who's ready for, cool, bizarre, weird, surreal and funny, this could be a very nice choice.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle books. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Dave on April 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is flat awesome. D&D nerd Max Spencer discovers that he's the heir to Maximilian Sporazo, and the only person who can use his ancestor's spell book, the most powerful magic book ever... if only Max could get the book to consistently do what he wanted. Shortly thereafter, he discovers that he also has a nemesis -- Princess, a shape changing, time-traveling, carnivorous unicorn. Soon Max is hopping from one world to another and through time in an effort to escape, and to unlock the power of the Book of Infinite Knowability.

Clark writes with a terrific, kid-accessible voice, and has a flat-out hilarious sense of humor. Get this book for your kid, and get it for yourself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MG31 on May 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read "Bad Unicorn" and loved it.

"Bad Unicorn" is a middle grade book that appeals to YA and Adults as well. Princess the Destroyer Unicorn is hunting Max Spencer and the whole human race as well. Max is the only one who can read The Codex of Infinite Knowability with its Fifteen Prime Spells. At a family party, my 12-year-grandson, given the choice of playing computer games, playing with his cousins or eating, chose to keep his nose in "Bad Unicorn." Nuff said?

When you read "Bad Unicorn" you will realize that Platte is truly funny, not just the laugh out loud, guffaw, but also witty, subtle humor and sometimes he is just a bit twisted. You'll believe me when you read how Max Spencer saves the humans. (Ok, that last sentence was not a spoiler, more of an enticement.)

Not only is "Bad Unicorn" funny but also Platte is a dang, good writer. I'm looking forward to the sequel, "Fluff Dragon." Hopefully we will find out what being licked by fire kittens means, might be a lot like the joy of the whomping willow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Balloonguy on May 12, 2014
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Mr. Clark has a talent for parody and comedy satire, the fact that it happens to be in my favorite reading genre is a huge plus. If you enjoy fantasy, D&D, or any related materials I would give this one a try. It doesn't disappoint. (Also read Fluff Dragon, the sequel to Bad Unicorn. The third book of the trilogy should come out in 2015).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Scudder on January 9, 2014
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My daughter (age 10) was totally absorbed in this story and can't wait for the next installment in the series. She says "I love everything about this book!"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By d on May 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have not laughed so hard out loud, at the most inappropriate times mind you, in a long time. Right from the first page I was hooked.
Then the fun starts. Zombie Ducks, Robot unicorns, Frobbits.
Wonderful. Just amazingly wonderful.
Can not wait to see where the story goes from here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Clemens on April 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book so much, I blurbed it. It's seriously funny, which is a contradiction in terms, but true all the same. If you like books, especially the kind with words in them, I highly, highly recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IT and Coffee on November 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A funny and enjoyable read for adults and younger readers. It was in such demand that I had to order another copy for my middle school classroom library.
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