I am going to break my normal routine for this one. Until this point, I haven't done a review for a comic and even though I read them, I don't "count" them as books. I loved Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson though and I wanted to bring attention to it.
The book is a bunch of illustrated stories about Phoebe and her Unicorn-Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Phoebe finds Marigold while skipping rocks awakening Marigold who has been staring at her reflection in a pond. The two become best friends thanks to Phoebe's wish and have adventures together.
It is really hard not to draw comparisons to Calvin and Hobbes as there definitely seems to be an influence there, but Simpson has created two just as lovable characters in Phoebe and Marigold. Marigold is often not seen by others thanks to a Shield of Boringness, which allows others not to even think of Marigold because they are too busy with their lives to notice a unicorn.
Both characters have wonderful personalities and will often switch the straight person's role. Phoebe is just as funny as Marigold with Marigold being more sarcastic than slightly psychotic Phoebe. I really enjoyed this aspect of the storytelling.
The artwork at first seems pretty simply, but the more one looks at it, the more details one sees. In a sleepover portion, Phoebe braids Marigold's mane. It could have been a one off, but Simpson kept Marigold's mane braided for the rest of the sleepover story until Phoebe declares the sleepover finished. It was a nice detail that helped keep the story together.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I loved it so much that I ordered the other two books and pre-ordered the upcoming book. I have also reminded people that I am a grown-ass man and I am not ashamed to say I loved this one. It doesn't take much time to read, but it is a lot of fun and made the Calvin and Hobbes feelings come back. Phoebe and Her Unicorn is a great spiritual successor.
I gave this one (and probably the series) 5 stars.
Here is your Amazon link- Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson