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Hi this is Dwayne Johnson No this is not the rock this is a normal 5th grader my teacher said I can do this. My class is a good class, but anyway i am a huge fan of My teacher is a alien the whole class loves it but i just wanted to tell you that Byeeee.
Thank you for your years dedicated to helping youngsters learn to love reading. I am one of those youngsters, though many years on now, and now my precocious 6 year old daughter is too. We just finished reading Monster of the Year together, and she loved it! I remember reading and re-reading it many nights well past the time I was supposed to be asleep (and I’m now learning that while I thought I was pulling a fast one, my parents 100% knew), so it was an easy choice as to which of your books to read with her first. She loved the all of the Monsters, but really felt bad for poor Goony. She was rooting for him to win the Monster of the Year contest right up until the end. I don’t know if we’re ready yet for Goblins in the Castle, and she already snuck-read The Teacher Fried My Brains, but I can’t wait to continue to share your works with her. Thank you !
Hi, I was reminiscing about books I enjoyed as a kid and I realized that at least 80% of them were written by you. I was obsessed with aliens at the time and read just about every alien-related thing you wrote. I still have a couple on my shelf. Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for making my childhood interesting. Your books were a huge influence for me. I see now you actually did non-alien works so I might have to check those out as well!
Hi Bruce! Like many others here, I discovered the world of Luster as a kid a few years younger than Cara herself and grew up rereading my copies of ItLotU and SotW so much that they fell apart. I never, ever forgot how much I wanted to return there and complete the story, and Dark Whispers ended up being the greatest present for my high school graduation! But unfortunately I was never able to get my hands on The Last Hunt - I was stubborn and wanted to wait for a paperback release to match the ones on my shelf. By the time I realized there wouldn't be one, the hardcover copies had skyrocketed in price. I've only recently seen the new self-pub editions going up, plus with the added bonus of new chapters. Paperback copies of the new Into the Land are already no longer listed here the UK, however. I don't want to go through more heartbreak as I try to finish the darn series, haha. Is there going to be a complete collection or, like, a boxed set offered of all 7 books eventually? I really like matchy sets.
Even if the answer is no, thank you so much for your imagination. I can't picture myself without the foundation the Unicorn Chronicles gave me as a young storyteller. I'm working on my own unicorn fantasy story because of how much Luster and Cara influenced me to dream up big, wide worlds of magic and danger and found families. Thanks again, and keep up the amazing work ♥
Hello! I recently read Goblins in the Castle and the new sequel, Goblins on the Prowl, to my 8 year old son. I wrote to you a few years back and asked about books for younger ages because I couldn't wait to introduce your stories to him. I'm glad I read these books to him now. It was the perfect age! He loved the first one as much as my little brother and I did when we were kids! He thinks "bop" is hilarious and really liked Herky. The note from you in the end of the book fascinated him and now he wants to meet Igor! Reading the sequel cleared up so many questions I had from the first one, especially about the toad! It was such fun to revisit everything from Fauna's perspective and meet new characters. Thank you for writing it. Please consider writing a third in the series, maybe from Igor's or Herky's point of view. These two books are going to be read over and over, hopefully yearly, in our house!
I remember in public school discovering Into The Land of the Unicorns at a book fair. I read and re-read the story over and over again. I loved how it was an adventure story and not just girly fluffy words. You made a real world and complicated story line for unicorn lovers. The story stayed with me well into my adult years.
When I found out (in my thirties) that Cara's story was multiple books I searched and found them all to read. They did not disappoint!
One of my newest but fondest memories of Cara and Lightfoot was reading to a group of summer camp students. I had a group of 15 or so kids and I would read to them after lunch. The boys originally were like it's unicorns we don't want to read a book about unicorns. I just smiled and told them to give it a couple of chapters and they could tell me what they thought. I have never had a group of kids so excited about a story. Reading it out loud and seeing kids react to the story was such a special moment as an educator and fan of the series. Your words and characters are still living on in a new generations imagination and still inspiring the first kids who were able to hear the story.
Thank you for the world you created.
My name is Mohammad Nawaz, I am 25 years old, and I will be graduating medical school in the United States in a few months from now. I am only telling you this because it has been 16 years since I read my most favorite book of all, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. It was the first book I decided to read of my own volition, and it transformed my life. I cannot emphasize to you how instrumental this book was in getting me to where I am today. After reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher, I just needed more and more and more. I read the next book in the Magic Shop Book series and the next, to the point where my teacher (Mrs. Coscarelli, bless her heart) noticed and bought me the rest of your Magic Shop Book series and secretly handed it to me when the other students weren't looking. Mr. Coville, you sent me headfirst into the magical world of reading and I just could not stop. Heck, I actually had to get prescription eyeglasses because I kept reading so much in the dark; I barely even watched television or used the computer! Reading fantasy fiction novels helped open up my mind to the real world of possibilities and endless adventure, and it encouraged me to keep on dreaming. I felt my writing improve, my critical thinking expand, and my vocabulary get good ;). My early interest in reading helped me perform well on exams and allowed me to always consider multiple solutions to the same problem. All this, only because I decided when I was nine years old to pick up a book that had a cool looking dragon on the cover. I wish to have the same positive impact on my future patients as you have had on me - even just an ounce, and I would consider myself lucky. Actually, as soon as I finish writing this message, I plan on buying and reading the Magic Shop Books to my little niece and nephew, just so I have an excuse to reread them as well haha! I honestly don't know what inspired me to Google your name after all this time, but I'm glad I did because I stumbled upon this website and saw this awesome message board. Stay safe during these trying times, and thank you, sir, for everything.
When I was about 10 years old I found Into the Land of Unicorns at my elementary school’s library and loved it. The book was damaged so the librarian taped it up for me and let me keep it. I read Song of the Wanderer shortly after. However, by the time the 3rd and 4th books came out I was a senior in high school/freshmen in college and didn’t even know about them for years. I bought the 3rd book, but I could never find a physical copy of the final book.
However, during the pandemic, I started to listen to audio books, and I finally found all the audio books in the Los Angeles Library’s collections!
I’m so happy to finally get to listen to the 3rd and 4th! I have waited over 20 years to find out how it all ends! Thank you so much for creating the magical world of Luster where I can travel to!
Hi Bruce - I recently bought a house and after finally moving the remainder of my things out of my parents basement I came across my collection of your books that I read with my friends in around 3rd grade, 1991 or so. See below for a picture, I put them on my bookshelf.
I just wanted to say thanks, I can't articulate exactly how your stories influenced me but I do remember reading them excitedly and talking about and trading them with my friends. We even went as far as to write our own version, "My Librarian is an Alien" - a clear case of copyright infringement however we were pretty proud of it, so much so we stayed in from recess to write and "publish" it, and even got it into our school's card catalog. Apologies for never sending royalities, we were hoping that you could look the other way on that 😀 We still talk and mention your books from time to time - none of us became writers or anything like that but your work clearly had an impact on all of us that we discuss it fondly to this day.
I'm keeping the books on my shelf in hopes that I can reread them with my daughter (she's 6 months old this week!) in a few years. But looking at things with her in mind, you were clearly a reason I enjoyed reading as a child, and since reading is so important at that age I will do my best to make sure she can discover all that magic we had so many years ago.
Take care, and thanks again,
Hi Bruce Coville we love your My Teacher is an Alien series. We have read My Teacher is an Alien, My Teacher Fried my Brains and My Teacher Glows in the Dark. We just started My Teacher Flunked the Planet and we love it so far. After reading My Teacher is an Alien we HAD to read the rest of the books in the series. We are so sad the series is coming to an end, but we are enjoying it as we read. We have a question for you. Are you going to make another My Teacher is an Alien book? And if so what would it be called and what would it be about? One of the students is making a book all about My Teacher is an Alien the book is called Alien Diaries. We love your books and we are excited to read more. Have a good day Bruce Coville! -Abbey