Saturday, October 23, 2010
Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
Title: Into The Land of the Unicorns (The Unicorn Chronicles Book One)
Author: Bruce Coville
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Premise: "As each bell chime sounds, Cara climbs faster up the steep bell tower. Eleven! She must be on the roof when the next bell tolls. Twelve! With a deep breath, and only half believing she will be safe, Cara jumps off the church roof and into Luster, land of the unicorns." "In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn. Together with her new unicorn friend, a hairy creature named the Dimblethum, and the monkey-like Squijum, Cara sets out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man following them does -- and to prevent the destruction of all unicorns"-- Book jacket.
Opinions: It has been sometime since I've read a book for children. In fact, even when I was young I was reading books for adults. This book is filled with fairytale-styled adventure where a young girl is forced to trust her grandmother and make a leap of faith into a world she has never known only to discover how truly tied she is to it. I love the creatures, the struggles, and the imagery of this story. I love most of all the strength that Cara has within herself to make some really difficult decisions. This is a great read for kids around the ages of 7-10, but is even fun for an adult like me.