While out skipping rocks on the water, fourth grader Phoebe happens upon a unicorn: Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Grateful to be freed from the imprisonment of her own magnificence and spellbinding reflection, Marigold grants Phoebe a wish. When the usual contenders aren’t allowed – a wish for infinite wishes and infinite amounts of money – Phoebe settles for wishing for Marigold to be her best friend.
The book follows an overall story arc, though there are numerous standalone comics throughout that provide natural break points for readers. Although humor reigns, this seemingly lighthearted story effectively uses a soft touch to discuss insecurity and mild school bullying from popular classmates. Comparisons have been made to Calvin and Hobbes, but rather than being content to adventure with her sidekick, Phoebe craves acceptance from those around her, often using Marigold in attempts to elicit jealousy. The result is that Marigold comes across as more of a means to an end rather than a comfortable companion. Minimal backgrounds – often plain white or pastel shades – allow the focus to remain on the characters, who are both drawn with great expression and fluidity. Fun extras includes directions on how to draw the two main characters, a simple snack recipe, and instructions on basic animation/cartooning.