I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for NetGalley and Tundra Books for the opportunity!
GUYS. Guys. This book. This adorable, beautiful, superbly cute book! When I picked this book up, I didn’t know what to expect. The cover is adorable, and that’s one thing. But a graphic novel for children about a Narwhal? Okay. Bring it on. But what I didn’t realize, is how much pure and unabashed joy this small graphic novel would bring me. So much joy!
This graphic novel is simply a collection of three brief stories around a narwhal and a jellyfish who become friends. Three brief stories, but each with a powerful message for children.
In our first tale, Narwhal is Really Awesome, Jelly doesn’t believe Narwhal is real– the unicorn of the sea has been called out. To counter, Narwhal tells Jelly he isn’t real. And so our protagonists banter until friendship is established. The moral of this story is that friendship can come anywhere, and that really, everyone just wants to be loved. Loved and be fed waffles.
Between each story is a cute aside. In between our first two stories, facts about narwhals and jellyfish appear. A cute way to introduce children to the facts around these animals in the real world.
Narwhal’s Pod of Awesomeness opens with Narwhal searching for his pod. After all, narwhals are supposed to be part of a pod, aren’t they? So, Narwhal floats around inviting people to his pod and providing them fake narwhal tooth-tusks to wear. Poor Jelly floats behind feeling left out– but in the end
Between these two stories, we find a cute song about narwhals. Just some images and text, that’s it. And yet I found myself running on the treadmill at the gym singing and clapping along. I kid you not. I swear no one gave me weird looks. … … …
Finally, Narwhal and the Best Book Ever concludes our trio of tales with a focus on one of my favorite things in the work: books. Specifically, this story is about using your imagination when reading. I personally relate to this very closely (yes, as a fully-grown adult) because I’m terrible at what my other half calls “the mind movie”. I struggle to visualize things in my mind. But, thanks for Narwhal and Jelly, I feel a bit more confident in my owner powers. Oh, and thanks to waffles. Waffles too.
In this end, this is an adorable graphic novel. I highly encourage anyone who feels like they are missing some joy in their life to read this. Immediately. You will find joy.
What do you think?
- Do you read many graphic novels? Why or why not?
- What do you think of this artwork?
- Often, people won’t read books intended for younger children due to the “childish nature” of these books. What do you think of that? Do you fall into that camp?