Review: Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson

Unicorn on a Roll is book #2 in the Heavenly Nostrils series by Dana Simpson. Book two picks up when Phoebe and her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, have been best friends for a year.


In this second volume of Heavenly Nostrils, the reader is invited on a journey into the lives of Phoebe and Marigold as they navigate the difficulties of grade school, celebrate the winter holidays, and explore their superhero/supervillain personas together. Join in the fn as Phoebe competes against Dakota for the leading role of “Lisa Ladybug” in their fourth-grade play – or as she struggles to manage the PR debacle related to her nose-picking scandal. (“I will neither confirm or deny the events surrounding Boogergate.”) Witness a band of unicorns staging an “intervention” and learn all the details of Marigold’s secret crush on a mysterious creature she has never seen. Perhaps most important, watch as this surprising friendship between a charming, nine-year-old dreamer and a vain, mythical beast forever changes both of them for the better.

The book is appropriate for the younger set, middle graders and up mostly though some upper elementary might enjoy it as well. It’s funny enough and has enough good humor for even adults to enjoy it. The cartoon has been compared to Calvin and Hobbes.

One example of the humor is a 4 panel cartoon on page 42 where Phoebe discusses with her father what to get Marigold for Christmas.

Phoebe: I just know Marigold is going to get me something incredible for Christmas. She’s my best friend and I want to get her something special too.

Dad: Well, What does she like?

Phoebe: Mostly herself.

Dad: And she has one of those already.

Phoebe: You see my problem.

Unicorn on a Roll

Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

It’s really a cute book. It would be fun to share with younger children, but I think it is quite readable for any age group. I am planning to share it with my adult daughter who I think could use a good laugh.

I gave the book 4 stars for the art, the humor, continuity, and the general plot it follows.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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