I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I might not have been familiar with the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series before receiving the opportunity to read this book, but my oldest daughter has read both of the other books in the series. In fact, she was the one who sat down to read Unicorn vs. Goblins before I got the chance.
Phoebe and Her Unicorn is a graphic novel series by Dana Simpson featuring a young girl named Phoebe and her best friend, a magical unicorn named Marigold. Unicorn vs. Goblins contains several connected storylines, including a trip to music camp, the start of a new school year, and a showdown with those titular goblins.
My daughter is a big fan of graphic novels. She is an advanced reader, but up until recently, she has been reluctant to read anything other than graphic novels. She’s on the autism spectrum, and I think she appreciates having the illustrations to go with her story. She has introduced me to many different series, and this is probably one of the cleverest that I’ve encountered. I was pleasantly surprised at the humor; it’s snarky, and snide, and it’s right up my alley. I can see why my daughter likes it too. She has reminded me that we picked up the first two Phoebe and Her Unicorn books during a Kindle sale at the end of last year. I know what I will be reading next!
I would absolutely recommend Unicorn vs. Goblins to middle grade readers. My daughter is also a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, Big Nate, Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels, Hereville, and Wimpy Kid, so I would imagine that there would be a lot of crossover with the fan base. I love that my daughter is being exposed to comics/graphic novels with a female protagonist, and I love that this book is family friendly. This might be the third book in the series, but it functions well as a standalone; readers who encounter this book first will not be lost. This is a lovely series, and my daughter and I are both looking forward to more of Phoebe and Marigold’s adventures in the future.