Graphic Novel Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Graphic Novel Review: Phoebe and Her UnicornPhoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Series: Heavenly Nostrils #1
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on September 2, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Middle Grade
Pages: 224
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A boy and his dog . . . a girl and her . . . unicorn?

It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that's how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds.

This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold's "awesomeness," the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share.

I’ve really been into middle grade graphic novels lately and had to read this one after one of my friends described it as Calvin and Hobbes for girls. It kind of was and it was adorable! It was full of snark and the main character has a wild imagination. Also, the unicorn’s name is Marigold Heavenly Nostrils which is glorious!

I loved it this collection!  I can see why my friend compared the two, but the original Calvin and Hobbes was the Calvin and Hobbes for girls. And while it is similar, they are not the same. This is different and great, and had a really nice vibe going for it. Phoebe is spunky and fun and lonely, and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a unicorn that occupies much more of the real world than reality should allow and is terribly vain. I’m kind of obsessed with how perfect Marigold’s name is perfect for a unicorn. The two characters play off each other so nicely, and together they create a fun place where I want to spend more time. I adored Phoebe so much! She had me laughing so hard while reading. I can’t wait to see how the relationship between Phoebe and Marigold develops and I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans they get into next.

I really wish I had this comic as a kid. I loved Calvin and Hobbes and I read it religiously everyday growing up. It’s still my all-time favorite comic strip but I would have loved to read a similar strip with a female protagonist. My inner ten year old is extremely happy with this comic collection! I can’t wait to read the next volume!


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