Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
We are always on the lookout for new graphic novels for young readers–especially when they are part of a series. Phoebe and her unicorn–the amazing Marigold Heavenly Nostrils– is such a treat, with two books out and a third in the series due in May. You’ll want to read in order, at least I suggest you start with the first one, since it is here that Phoebe meets Marigold. Phoebe is a somewhat awkward, but definitely precocious (and appealing) 9-year-old. And Marigold has her own brand of narcissism mixed with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Phoebe frees a unicorn held captive underwater by a magic spell. In exchange for her freedom, the unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils grants Phoebe one wish, namely that the two will become best friends. Their friendship complicated, because most people can’t see Marigold, as she is protected by a “Shield of Boringness.” While the antics of the two are sure to delight young readers, there is a lot of side dialogue that will go straight over their heads (for example: “Terrible Vortex of Meh” and “summon your inner unicorn.”) I don’t see that as a problem at all, but readers should be fore-warned. I found the stories both funny and cute–not to mention touching.