February 1, 2019

Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:55 pm by suebe2

Unicorn on a Roll
by Dana Simpson
Andrews McNeal Publishing

A unicorn is magical but even more magical is a friendship between a girl and a unicorn.  Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils are best friends.  Not that they get to spend all day together.  Phoebe still has to go to school after all she is a typical nine-year-old.

But that’s the great part of this graphic novel.  It shows that it is okay to be a typical girl AND that amazing things can happen to ordinary people.

This is the second book in the series.  In book 1, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Phoebe skips a stone across the pond and manages to hit Marigold Heavenly Nostrils in the process.  The unicorn has to grant her one wish and Phoebe wishes that they are best friends.

In book 2, Phoebe competes with her frenemy, Dakota, for the lead in the play.  She competes against her crush, equally nerdy Max, in the spelling be, and much more.  But the book appeals to slightly older readers as well with Dad’s video game obsession and the intervention staged by Marigold’s fellow unicorns.

I picked up this book because I saw an interview with Dana Simpson.  Still I wasn’t sure what to expect and was surprised by how funny it is.  I laughed out loud repeatedly, earning many a funny look since I was reading in public.  I also loved the fact that Marigold is not an imaginary friend.  I discovered this in a panel where Dad and Marigold discuss Phoebe’s fashion sense, or lack thereof.  I also loved the fact that gender roles are not 100% traditional.  Yes, Dad loves video games but he is also the one that sews Phoebe’s costume for the school play.

It might have helped if I had started with book #1 but I had no story picking up book #2.   In addition to the strips published in graphic novel format, you can read them at Go Comics’ Phoebe and her Unicorn page. This series is definitely worth your time.

–SueBE

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