Nothing seems special about Max Spencer, a seventh grader who never stood out. That is, until the book, Codex of Infinite Knowability ends up in his hands and he discovers that he is the only one who can read it.
The book holds powerful magical spells, so powerful that an evil sorcerer from another realm will do anything to get his hands on it. When he sends Princess the Destroyer on a mission to bring back the book, Max will have to learn to use the Codex to save himself and his friends from the hungry unicorn. The sorcerer promises Princess the unicorn all of the humans she can eat if she brings back the book. Will Max have what it takes to fend off the man eating beast?
Though witty humor lifts Bad Unicorn and will give the reader plenty of chuckles, the target audience may be a little young to get some of the jokes, especially the ones that reference Al Gore. Author Platte Clark, creates a twisted magical world which proves intriguing but falls short on producing a likable protagonist and sidekicks. However, a riveting climax helps lift an otherwise rambling story. Nevertheless, those who love twits in fantasy laced with humor, may enjoy this book.
Good to Recommended for the upper middle grade fantasy reader.
Publisher: Aladdin (April 16, 2013)
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**I received a reader's copy at no charge from the publisher to facilitate my review.