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Unicorn Bowling

(Phoebe and Her Unicorn #9)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING series Phoebe and Her Unicorn is back with all-new sparkling tales of best friendship. Whether they're visiting Camp Shimmerhorn or fitting unicorn hooves for bowling shoes, Phoebe and Marigold find magic in every moment.

A unicorn in bowling shoes is quite a STRIKE-ing sight. But for nine-year-old Phoebe Howell, it’s just another fun outing
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Unicorn Bowling is a collection of comics that would be suitable for young readers probably aged 8 through 11 or so. Some strips are complete in 4 panes on one page, others span multiple page (much like traditional comics that sometimes follow a plot for a full week, other times have unrelated strips each day).

Easy to read, very relatable, and nice to pick up for small bites here and there. Although this isn't really my cuppa, I didn't dislike reading it and I can see how young readers,
Schizanthus Nerd
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Last time we saw them, Phoebe, Sue (Phoebe’s friend from camp), Max (Phoebe’s adorably nerdy friend) and their respective magical friends (Marigold, Ringo and Voltina) plus Marigold’s sister, Florence, were heading home from drama camp. I’ve loved the two graphic novels. Now we’re back for another collection.
I learned that unicorn hiccups sparkle (of course they do!) and Marigold discovered the marvel that is bubble wrap. Phoebe’s father partook in some nostalgia and in the process made me
La Coccinelle
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, middle-grade
I've been reading this for the past few days. Unfortunately, I can't really remember what went on in the beginning of the collection... so it probably wasn't that memorable.

That said, I always seem to enjoy these comic collections more than the graphic novels. There are stories that continue for a number of panels, which I enjoy, but I like the randomness of the collections more. They also use more advanced language (necessitating the glossary at the back), so they seem aimed at an older
+Netgalley ARC gently provided by publishers and Netgalley for an honest review+

Cute n' Fluffy.

I think Phoebe and Marigold adventures in everyday school and summer camp are kind of addictive because I had no intention of going for another of this books -again in form of comic strips and other longer short stories with the summer camp- and here I am.

This book is clearly intended for classroom discusion about the changes bringed for modern technology, the virtue of practicing for piano lessons
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a funny cartoons for kids that remind me a little of Calvin & Hobbes, less trashy, in the way that a girl goes around doing thing with her imaginary unicorn. Very short «story», mostly one page of four scares each. Those were more girly cartoons but I still find them funny and enjoy most of them, so it’s definitely a book that girl might enjoy more, but the humor is good enough so even if the theme are more girly, boy can enjoy this book as well. Way better then what I was ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Phoebe is a nine year old with a unicorn for a best friend, Marigold. The two have lots of adventures together in this fun young graphic novel, full of clever humor and adorable illustrations. I haven’t read any of the others in the series but decided to give this one a try. I would absolutely recommend this for younger readers in love with unicorns! There are several pages with more advanced wording or phrases but the definitions are included in the back. I found it a great way to introduce ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Unicorn Bowling is another adorable collection of adventures starring Phoebe and her unicorn Marigold!
The four panel comics follow Phoebe as she navigates friendship, bullying, and summer camp with some familiar friends and the help of her ever-faithful unicorn BFF.
As always, I loved reading this out loud with my daughter and some of my favorite panels are the conversations between Phoebe and her parents.
This is a great series that covers several important topics about growing up with humor and
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great series of adventures starring Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Perfect for both new readers to the series or returning ones.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewing
Another great collection from Dana Simpson. Am I biased? Too much of a fan to give an honest review?


With an always adorable art style and relatable characters harkening back to my childhood favorite, Calvin and Hobbes, Phoebe and Marigold are perfect for readers of all ages. The jokes are hilarious and the lessons are real, even if they are covered in glitter and perfect nostrils.

Unicorn Bowling is yet another wonderful collection perfect for reading on a cool Sunday morning.

My rating:
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m still not 100% sure why these books are so popular. At the beginning I didn’t really enjoy this book, but it grew on me and by the end I thought it was pretty cute. The unicorn’s weirdness ended up being endearing because she reminded me of my sister.

I was surprised that the book didn’t have a story arc but was more episodic - like reading a book of Garfield comics.

*Popsugar challenge 2019 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not much to add here that I haven't said in my reviews of the rest of the series. My daughter and I like reading a few pages together every night (I do a great unicorn voice) and we agree that Dana Simpson is one of the great comic writer/artists of our time!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series, it's so funny and sweet. Even though I'm adult, and not the target audience, I still relate to both Phoebe and her parents. Marigold is a delight, as always. Unicorn!
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Maybe 3.5 stars, really - not that many actual out-loud laughs for me - but the Phoebe and Her Unicorn books are always cute and fun.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still love these (though I am sad they are always so much shorter now).
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What more can I say about this series? It still makes me giggle, it's hard not to adore Phoebe and Heavenly Nostrils.
January Gray
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read from this series and I will be getting all of them for my girls! What a delightful and fun book! I'm thrilled there is an entire series!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was funny.
Kenya Starflight
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
I've loved the "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" books for some time now, and find them a delightful spiritual successor to "Calvin and Hobbes" -- just with a girl and her unicorn in place of a boy and his tiger. These books continue to be cute and imaginative, but also smart and feisty, with the characters not afraid to make fun of themselves or the absurdities of having a magical animal companion as a friend. And "Unicorn Bowling," the ninth book in this series (and the seventh comic compilation), ...more
Jean Huber Bookmama789
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dana Simpson has done it again and created another hilarious, enchanting, cute, and at times actually laugh out loud funny story in the epic saga of Phoebe and her Unicorn! This time Marigold Heavenly Nostrils and Phoebe are back in Book 9 Unicorn Bowling. This graphic novel seems to loosely follow Phoebe and Marigold through the course of an entire school year and the following Summer. The story isn’t so much a cohesive plot as it is a series of cute situations and episodes/adventures the two ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-pdf
I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Phoebe is a little girl whose best friend is a unicorn named Marigold. The two spend all their free time hanging out like best friends do. They go to camp, they go bowling, and most of all they just ride around and enjoy each others' company.

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I was able to jump right in and enjoy reading about their adventures. I thought it was pretty funny and although
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy.


What a ride.

Believe it or not, this is my first time reading a graphic novel about Phoebe and Marygold. Sure, I’ve seen it mentioned here and there, heard a couple of great things about the series but never bothered to pick it up myself. Just to think of all the greatness I’ve been denying myself! *gasp*

In seriousness, though, this is a wonderful sparkly book full of magic and sass. It’s equal parts funny, heart-warming and relatable. The art is on-point. And Marygold is
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Does Dana Simpson truly never run out of ideas? This is her 9th Phoebe book, and everything is still original, fresh, and hilarious, all with a sprinkle of heart throughout. I envy her talent. A lot.

In this installment, Phoebe writes essays, books, and even a song about Marigold ("Unicorns are Stupidfaces" may SOUND insulting, but it's very catchy). Together, they fight crime, cheat at Chess (well, one of them), go bowling, and
Becky B
Another year of fun, philosophy, minor life problems, summer camp, and sparkle epidemics with Marigold Heavenly Nostrils and Phoebe.

I’m amazed at Dana Simpson’s creativity. It seems to be unending. Marigold and Phoebe are constantly learning new things about each other, even after years of friendship, which is so true to life. A good friendship never grows stale. I also like the variety of topics that they discuss from bowling to sneezing to school to Unicorn summer camp. And they are both
Ms. Yingling
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Think of Phoebe and Marigold and the Calvin and Hobbes of the new millennium. In this collection of comic strips (which the Columbus Dispatch should definitely consider the next time they get a new strip!), Phoebe and her unicorn pal do indeed go bowling, create a diorama for school, deal with the snotty Dakota, and even go to unicorn summer camp. I enjoy the fact that these are not only funny, but have a lot of good life lessons about how to be a good friend. Makes
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy.

I'm a big fan of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn stories, which remind me of all the best parts of reading the comics page in the newspaper growing up. They're also really popular with the kids in my library too. This one contains more of the great interactions between Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, plus a few of Phoebe's friends and a bunch of new unicorns at the unicorn summer camp they both attend this year. I love the blend of
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sparkly addition to the Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series is like bowling a perfect game. Filled with a year of adventures including the llama diorama pajama comma drama trauma (a legend involving Robin Velvet Eyes and a diorama) it does not disappoint. Another highlight is Camp Shimmerhorn where stereotypes are explored and Phoebe is an exchange camper in the midst of unicorns. Phoebe and Her Unicorn fans will rejoice over this collection.

A big thank you to Andrews McMeel and NetGalley for a
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am still so in love with this series! I never tire of Phoebe and Marigold’s beautiful friendship, and their adventures always make me smile.

This one was actually my favorite of the last several books. I’ve enjoyed them all, but a few of the recent ones have been slightly lackluster for me. This one, however, was definitely reminiscent of what made me fall in love with this series in the beginning, and I just enjoyed every single page of this.

I really hope there are still more collections to
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Phoebe and her BFF, unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, are back with more adventures, more fun, and even more sparkles! Together, this duo navigate hiccups, birthday parties, bullying, the school talent show, summer camp, and more! Readers of all ages will enjoy the shenanigans, humor, sass, and friendship that Ms. Simpson weaves and integrates with her delightful art. You don't want to miss the latest installment of the Phoebe
Paul Franco
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Another collection of my favorite comic strip.
Phoebe nails it when she says Dad is waxing nostalgic again. He does tend to do that a lot.
Oh lord, I’d forgotten how silly Marigold looks in a bowling shirt. Makes me miss the legwarmers. . . but not the bikini.
The best plot this time around is Phoebe joining Marigold at Unicorn Camp, which turns out to not be that different from human camp, especially with Sue showing up.
So, if you’re familiar with the strip, there’s nothing new here, and that’s a
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Unicorn Bowling is another charming, hilarious, and sparkly entry in the fantastic Phoebe and Her Unicorn series. With a warm tone that is both sweet and sarcastic, the book shows the importance of being true to yourself, avoiding gender stereotypes, and supporting your friends (human and unicorn alike). The adventures of Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils are an absolute delight, sure to win fans of all ages.

My thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy
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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

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