Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is Ben Clanton’s second graphic novel featuring a delightful friendship between a narwhal and a jellyfish. As the title suggests, much of the plot concerns Narwhal becoming a superhero and Jelly becoming his sidekick. They have a couple of brief adventures in which they try to help another friend fulfill a wish, and they also confront a bully who is calling Jelly “Jelly Dolt” instead of “Jelly Jolt”.  

The graphics are bright and colorful. There isn’t a lot going in the background, which allows the reader to focus on the characters. Likewise, because this is a graphic novel, the story unfolds via the dialogue between the characters as opposed to descriptive prose. Clanton’s art style is fairly minimalistic, and there is an emphasis on body language and facial expressions.

I always ask my three children (fourth grade and two second graders) to read any of the juvenile literature that comes my way, and they were very excited about this book because they remembered reading and enjoying the first Narwhal and Jelly book. They love quirky books like this, and they said that this book was very funny.

I would absolutely recommend Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt. This book is perfect for elementary school children, and I think it will appeal to beginning readers as well. The series is reminiscent of Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie books, but Clanton’s duo is wholly original. The books in this series are around the same length as an Elephant & Piggie book, and the vocabulary is slightly more advanced. This would be perfect for children who are outgrowing Willems’ series and looking for something similar. This is a very funny book, and my whole family is looking forward to more books with Narwhal and Jelly!

 

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