Title: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Author: Ben Clanton
Genre: Fiction, Children’s Book, Graphic Novel
Source: Net Galley (I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)
Publication Date: October 2016
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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is a fun graphic novel aimed at children. It includes three stories following Narwhal and his new jellyfish friend, and a fact page for each character.
Narwhal is a carefree spirit who balances out the reluctance and scepticism of Jelly. He teaches Jelly to step out of his comfort zone and also shows him how to use his imagination.
My favourite of the three stories was Narwhal and the Best Book Ever!, in which Jelly quizzes Narwhal on why he is reading a book with blank pages. Narwhal explains that it is an imagination book and you have to pretend. I absolutely love the premise of this, and the story continues with Narwhal helping Jelly to conjure up some interesting scenes. I really think this would generate some interesting conversations between adult and child if read together.
The drawings are simple but really quite adorable, and would appeal to adults as well as children. This is a smart little book that gets the balance right between factual and fun, and as a twenty-something year old I can honestly say I had a very enjoyable ten minutes reading it.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5)