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Summer is here! Time to read some fluff and let your brain rest. One of the best ways to do this is by reading a new graphic novel series, titled “Phoebe and her Unicorn.”
There are currently seven titles in the series, with hopefully more to come.
Meet Phoebe, a girl who never wanted anything but to be unique. Her dreams become true one day when Phoebe is skipping stones. A stone strikes a unicorn, dubbed Marigold Heavenly Nostrils in the nostrils. The blow snaps Marigold out of her reflection. Marigold, who is grateful, offers Phoebe one wish. After having been denied both infinite wishes and infinite dollars, Phoebe wishes for Marigold’s friendship.
After overcoming the shock of befriending a unicorn, Phoebe and Marigold adventure together, with Phoebe constantly trying to gain respect by showing off Marigold. Marigold, however, persistently keeps getting distracted, be it her reflection in a puddle or a “magical emergency” that must be attended to immediately. However, despite Marigold’s inability to be showcased, Phoebe and Marigold manage to get along, with only minor difficulties involving Marigold’s jealousy at anything that sparkles as much as her.
Written and illustrated by Dana Simpson, these graphic novels are the new Calvin and Hobbes. In both, you have a younger person who ends up with a friend who defies logic. It’s a step away from the real world to one where a sarcastic girl can treasure the friendship of a clear-sighted unicorn. The illustrations are simple and playful, yet they capture the story perfectly. Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is elegantly composed of a few strokes of the pen, strokes that manage to convey shock, delight and self-absorption. The humans, on the other hand, are more detailed with the eyes especially revealing emotion.
The Wilson County Public library wisely owns all of the titles in this series. While you might have to place a hold on a title, it will be worth the wait. Start off your summer on a delightful note by picking one up, and enter the world where a unicorn really can be your best friend.
“Phoebe and her Unicorn” by Dana Simpson is available at the Wilson County Public Library. The review was written by Christopher, 12, and Silvia Judd, library patrons.