I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Unicorn Crossing is the fifth book in the Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure series by Dana Simpson. My three girls- especially my oldest- are big fans of this comic, so I was very excited about the opportunity to share this with them.
Phoebe is a fairly average girl, with one notable exception: her pet unicorn Marigold. Phoebe and Marigold navigate a fairly typical American childhood with a good sense of humor. This dynamic duo experiences seasons, holidays, school, friendship, and more. A fairly small ensemble rounds out the cast: Phoebe’s parents, her friend Max, and her frenemy Dakota. There are plenty of pop culture references, with a notable geeky slant.
There are a number of storylines in this comic collection, and there is also a punchline in the last panel of every page. Simpson’s artistic style is fun and quirky, and this adds to the charm of the series.
My girls absolutely loved reading this book. In fact, we purchased our own copy after the time elapsed on my review copy. It fits in nicely with our collection of other Phoebe books. My oldest daughter insisted on reading the comic out loud to me so she could share her favorite parts.
I would absolutely recommend Unicorn Crossing to fans of all ages who enjoy comic series like Calvin & Hobbes and Foxtrot. Because this is a comic collection, you don’t have to read the other Phoebe and Her Unicorn books first. Of course, you’re going to want to read more about Phoebe and Marigold after you read this one! As a parent, I appreciate that Simpson uses a sophisticated vocabulary, and even includes a glossary to help younger readers with unfamiliar words that they encounter in the text. We are already looking forward to the next adventure, and we can’t wait to see what Phoebe and Marigold are going to do next!