NARWHAL by Ben Clanton
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NARWHAL

Unicorn Of The Sea
From the "Narwhal and Jelly" series, volume 1
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute.

One day the unceasingly cheerful Narwhal finds himself “in new waters” and meets his soon-to-be best friend, the slightly apprehensive Jelly the jellyfish. Narwhal has never met a jellyfish, and Jelly has never met a narwhal; the two learn about each other through a lively exchange of facts. Their aquatic adventures are plentiful: they read books together, try to form a not-exclusively-narwhal pod, and daydream about waffles and robots. Jokes abound, giving this a lighthearted animated sensibility. Cool pelagic blues mingle with a merry sunshine yellow over simple, line-based characters, creating a homespun, whimsical feel that works well to evince their buoyant escapades and uncomplicated happiness. Expression lines visually punctuate the illustrations, giving the characters a lively boost. When Narwhal gets a good idea, his tusk lights up to emit jolly, ochre lines; Jelly’s sometimes-dour moods are communicated with scribbly black clouds hovering overhead. Together, Narwhal and Jelly navigate the intricacies of making a friendship work, discovering that friends can share a great time together even when engaged in the most pedestrian activities. The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell.

Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-101-91826-5
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Tundra
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2016




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