Unicorn of Many Hats (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 7)

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Genre: Middle Grade, GraphicNovel 
Pages: 178 pages
Published Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMell Publishing
Series: Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5  

DISCLAIMER:  I received an advance copy of Unicorn of Many Hats from the publisher through NetGalley for the purposes of writing a review.

In Dana Simpson’s latest Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure, Phoebe (along with her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils) is trying to navigate the fourth grade world. Summer vacation is coming to an end and school is starting. Phoebe has a new teachers. She is trying to make friends with Dakota – someone she does not like. She is trying to get the older kids (fifth graders) to notice how cool she is. All of this is hard when you have a unicorn that only thinks of herself and how “distractingly beautiful” she is. 

My daughter was very excited to get this new book since she loved all the previous adventures. She has read this book three times so far (and we have had it for a day). She and I laughed throughout the book. She and I keep going back to certain parts of the book and reread them out loud to others in our family. Dana Simpson captured the life of a fourth grader perfectly. Although Phoebe wants to fit in, the book stays true to the series – being yourself.

Not only is the story entertaining, but the illustrations in the book are amazing. I love the bright colors and Marigold’s house is someplace I want to live – oh yeah, we finally get to see Marigold’s house. And I would love to have her piece of furniture made of “beautiful, half-forgotten visions of a better world”.

I would defiantly recommend this book and the complete series to both kids and parents. The humor that helps move the book along is not lost with kids. Parents will enjoy Phoebe as well as her unicorn’s unbridled vanity.

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Short

41UXMw2XVjL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWriter: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Age Range: Middle School Age 8-12
Release: January, 31 2017
Pages: 304
Rating: 3 out of 5

DISCLAIMER:  I received an advance copy of Short from the publisher through NetGalley for the purposes of writing a review.

Publisher’s Description: Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive–one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins. With her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background–and it’s a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!

The major concern I had for the book was how the beginning of the book was all over the place. The book starts off telling us the time when Julia heard her parents talking about how tall she is and then moves on to Ramon, her dog (which I had trouble following). Then tells us about her Uncle Jake and Aunt Megan and how Uncle Jake likes to carve. And that is just Chapter One.

The book, for me didn’t catch my interest until the author talked about the play and the lack of interest Julia had until she met Olive, Quincy, and Larry. Then I wanted to read more. I felt that most of Chapter One and Two could have been done in flash backs or discussion Julia has.

Until I read the whole book, I can’t give a true review. There was enough there to keep me interested and want to see where Holly Goldberg Sloan takes her characters. Will update when I can read whole book.