Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Paperback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A boy and his dog ...a girl and her ...unicorn? It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face.

Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend.

But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?

Indeed they can, and that's how Heavenly Nostrils unfolds.

This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is.

Through hilarious adventures, where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold's "awesomeness," the friends also come to acknowledge they'd been lonely before they met and come to truly appreciate the bond they share.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, chiefly illustrations
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781449446208



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I'm not sure if a young reader picks up this book that they will enjoy it like an adult will. There's a lot of humor here, but I wonder who the audience is really supposed to be.

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With a foreword by Peter S. Beagle comparing this to Charlie Brown and Calvin & Hobbes. I was pretty impressed. However the book failed to deliver. It's a comic strip compilation and though it's about a child, like the previously mentioned comics, the humour certainly appeals to the adult. While Phoebe and Marigold will appeal to children I doubt they will get all the nuances of that humour. Myself, I'm not into comic strips and it took me a while to "get into" this collection. I did think of not completing it around page 89 as I certainly had the feel for it by then but at that point I also had a slight fondness for the characters and continued on to the end. I found some of it cute, some of it made me crack a smirk and some of it did nothing for me at all.

Review by

Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson is a graphic novel about a girl and her unicorn. If you've seen the 1982 film adaptation of The Last Unicorn, you'll see a similarity in the art style. As the author's introduction explains, this work is her homage to Peter S. Beagle.Phoebe is a modern day girl who goes to school and has homework and does chores. Now, she has a unicorn. The unicorn, meanwhile, is a vain, pampered, magical creature who has agreed to be this girl's best friend. The gags fall under two main categories: the unicorn trying to understand Phoebe's world, and Phoebe trying and failing to impress her friends. There's a lot sly social and gender commentary that I didn't expect, given the very pink cover and the rather goofy title. Then there are the completely off the wall moments where fantasy and reality meet in unexpected ways.

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