Ask a Bookseller: A kids' graphic novel series — with unicorns

"Unicorn Famous" by Dana Simpson.
"Unicorn Famous" by Dana Simpson is the latest of the graphic novel series, "Phoebe and Her Unicorn"
Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Theresa Woodward of CatTale’s Books and Gifts in Brainerd, Minn., has been loving reading the “Phoebe and her Unicorn” graphic novel series with her 6-year-old daughter, Phoebe.

Woodward describes the Middle Grade series as “Calvin and Hobbes” but with unicorns. Nine-year-old Phoebe and her BFF Marigold Heavenly Nostrils take on both magical mysteries and real-life challenges, from dragons to troublesome classmates. Woodward says the comic-strip style graphic novel holds her daughter’s attention and — most importantly — it’s funny. 

“While my daughter and I were reading the first book,” Woodward said, “we stopped repeatedly, and she would tell me, ‘We have to finish this tomorrow. My stomach hurts from laughing too much! It was perfect. We could both laugh together with it.” 

There are 12 books in the series, which begins with “The Magical Adventures of Phoebe and her Unicorn.” Lucky book number 13, “Unicorn Famous,” comes out in April. 

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