Phoebe and her best friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, the unicorn return in Unicorn Theatre. Usually Phoebe goes to music camp over the summer, (naturally accompanied by Marigold), but this year she opts for theatre camp instead. Her quirky friend, Sue, will be there too, which is just as well, since Marigold seems to be spending all her time with her sister, Florence Unfortunate Nostrils, instead of with Phoebe. Theatre camp brings up some old issues between the two sisters, which Phoebe hopes to lay to rest by putting on a production of a play Florence wrote as a young filly- Vacuumia, Queen of Space.
Phoebe's friend Max is on hand to do the and lighting effects, with the help of his own magical friend, Voltina (who first appeared in The Magic Storm).
Unicorn Theatre is the eighth book in the series about Phoebe and Marigold. In the last couple of volumes the author, Dana Simpson, seems to have moved away from short strip comics with a punchline, and more towards having an overall story like a novel. That seems to be okay with the 9-year-old unicorn fan in my house, so who am I to argue? As ever, Phoebe and Marigold's adventures are sweet stories about friendship, compassion, understanding, and not being afraid to be seen as a weirdo sometimes. This book will appeal to fans of the series, though if you're new to Phoebe and Marigold it might be better to start with one of the earlier volumes.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: October 23, 2028