Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Christmas, Slice of Life, School, Friendship, Summer Camp
Dana Simpson’s 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.
I wonder how old Phoebe is now. Normally I wouldn’t care so much, especially when it comes to very young characters, but I know Phoebe is minimum two years older than she was in the first volume, yet her age hasn’t been mentioned in a while and, physically, she doesn’t look much different.
Anyway, that comment was just because I love seeing characters grow in my reads and Phoebe does not seem to be changing in a noticeable way. Though she is becoming quite mature, while still keeping her goofy, ‘‘let’s go play!’’ adorable side.
Three seasons are included in this volume: winter, spring and summer. Phoebe and Marigold are spending the holidays together and Marigold gets jealous at the sparkly Christmas tree (as expected). Spring is not particularly celebrated, but during summer both ladies return to music camp where they have even more fun than they did last summer (must have been a fan favourite).
Winter and summer are then very interesting and spring less so, because there is no specific focus, seeing that Phoebe is back at school and there is nothing specific that captures the girls’ attention. Fortunately, the dialog is engaging as per usual and guest characters make memorable appearances.
Another great adventure!
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