Thursday, February 9, 2017

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson | Review

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn (Heavenly Nostrils #4) by Dana Simpson
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Published: September 20, 2016
Pages: 184
Received: via Netgalley for review (playing catchup on some titles)
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

Get ready to be bedazzled!

Phoebe and Her Unicorn is back with more sparkles than ever! In this fourth volume, join in the adventure as Phoebe and Marigold confront messy rooms, trouble at school, and a nasty case of “Sparkle Fever.” Follow the pair back to Camp Wolfgang, where their old pals Sue (a.k.a. “Monster Girl”) and Ringo, the lake creature, remind them that being weird is WAY more fun than being normal.

This is the kind of book that should have been around when I was growing up. It's filled with great illustrations of Phoebe and her unicorn, Marigold, while they are on adventures and dealing with normal everyday issues. 

The drawings are fantastic, the stories/comics are a mixture of hilarious, serious, thoughtful and just all around what a kid this age can relate to. I had not heard of this series before finding this on NetGalley for review, but I'm going to be looking for the rest to check out soon.

Phoebe has great parents who seem to encourage her to have fun with her imaginary unicorn. She has the best conversations with Marigold and she seems to really fit in her skin - regardless of whether she is weird or not. Sometimes you wonder if Marigold is Phoebe's imaginary friend or pet, or if Phoebe is Marigold's pet. ;)

Definitely recommend this book for ages 8-12.

Here are a few pictures from the book (I borrowed a printed copy from my library to read a second time since it had been a while from when I had originally read this for NetGalley).

Sparkle Fever!
Clean room dance off!
About the Author:
Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from The Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit.

Attempts at doing real work along the way are hardly worth mentioning; the relevant fact is that, from 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the Amazon-sponsored Comic Strip Superstar Contest in 2009, Universal Uclick signed her to a development deal for Heavenly Nostrils.

She currently lives in the Seattle area with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat. (source)

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