Phoebe has to head home from school early one day because there is a storm brewing and freezing rain is falling. Her best friend, the unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is concerned because during the storm, not only does the electricity go out but her magic doesn't seem to be working either. Phoebe and Marigold set out to investigate, with the help of Phoebe's friend Max, with his knowledge of meteorology and map of the town's electricity grid, and Dakota and her goblin minions. Things are complicated by the fact that no magic means no "shield of boringness" for Marigold, so all the normal people in the town can finally see a real live unicorn in all her glory.
The Magic Storm is the sixth book by Dana Simpson about the adventures of Phoebe and Marigold. It has more of a plot than the previous books, and fewer stand-alone jokes. We get to see a little more of Max in this volume, including a visit to his house and meeting his two mums.
In addition to being cute and funny, this book is also educational. In the back there is Max's guide to how power plants work and what really causes power outages, a glossary of scientific terms, a cool science experiment to try at home and a recipe for "drinkable blue lightning".
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in The Magic Storm is a fun comic for ages 7 and up. It's free of bad language and violence, and promotes solving conflicts by using kindness and understanding, as well as the value of friendship and learning for its own sake. If you haven't read them already, it would probably be better to start with the earlier books. My daughter is still hooked on this series, and seems likely to remain that way for a good while yet, so I hope there are many more books to come.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Published: 17 October 2017