Unicorn of Many Hats is the seventh book in Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and her Unicorn series of comics. I was very excited to read this book and share it with my oldest daughter because she loves this series.
The premise is fairly simple: Phoebe is an elementary school student, and her best friend is a unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Marigold is mostly invisible, but she does have some interactions with the other characters.
Unicorn of Many Hats tends to follow a similar setup to the other books, wherein the good part of a year is covered, without the characters really aging from one book to another. There are story arcs devoted to starting school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Many of the familiar secondary characters have returned, including frenemy Dakota, Max, Phoebe’s geeky parents, and even the goblins make an appearance.
My oldest daughter is in the fifth grade, and she loves this series just as much as she loves iconic comics like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. The humor tends to veer toward the geeky, with numerous wry asides. My daughter especially enjoyed the Unicorn Christmas songs.
I would absolutely recommend Unicorn of Many Hats to middle grade readers as well as fans of comics. There aren’t really any story arcs that span multiple volumes, so readers can jump right into the series with this book if they would like. We are already looking forward to the next unicorn book because we love Phoebe and Marigold so much!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book.