Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, #8) by Dana Simpson. Andrews McMeel, 2018. ISBN 97814494898166
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This is the second full length graphic novel in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series. Phoebe hopes to spend quality time with her best friend Marigold the unicorn at summer drama camp. But, true to character, Marigold has other fish to fry. There are struggles with the social code of summer camp, but mostly the characters get along. It’s funny to see the intense personalities of the unicorns, just like the kids who are likely to read this. I like seeing Phoebe, her friends, and the unicorns learn that you can’t always trust your assumptions about other people. Simpson’s style of outlined comic art in a variety of panel sizes allows the visual story to unfold easily. I can see this working well for reluctant readers. A tutorial on drawing the characters is at the end.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I guess I don’t really like the unicorns in this series – they give the story a slightly depressed feel.
To whom would you recommend this book? The humor and realistic relationships, despite the unicorns, are likely to appeal to kids, ages 7-12, who like the Phoebe series and who enjoy graphic novels such as The Babysitters Club and Be Prepared.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 8, 2018