Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson Book Review

Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: May 26, 2015

A year has passed since Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond, accidentally hit a unicorn in the face, and was granted a single wish--which she used to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligatory best friend. Not much has changed either. Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is still just as self-centered and conceited as ever. Phoebe still goes to school every day and deals with her frenemy Dakota.

This is Calvin and Hobbes but with a more juvenile twist. Do not confuse that statement as saying that the stories are more childish, but rather that I don't think any of the jokes are going to go over a kids head in this series. I do mention series here, because there are two books and after reading the second volume, I immediately requested the first book from the library as well. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud funny moments. Some of the strips were standalone while others keep a certain "storyline" going for several pages. I love the absolute conceit of Marigold and her disdain for most human things, yet her friendship (even without the wish) works. Phoebe needed a friend who would listen to her conspiracy theories and ranting. She also needed someone who would help her stand up against Dakota who is your typical mean girl. To be sure there are some more "adult" jokes too, meaning references to grown-up or old things, not dirty.

I really adore these books and believe that some children in my life may be getting some Unicorn on a Roll book-shaped birthday presents soon.