Friday, October 14, 2016

Book review - Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Title: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Author: Ben Clanton
Genre: graphic novel/humor
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a silly good time

Summary (provided by publisher): Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever -- even though it doesn't have any words...or pictures!
Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together and the power of imagination in the delightful Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.

My opinion: If you like ridiculous stories, this is the book for you. It's out there, but in the best possible way. Like Mo Willems and Bob Shea did for picture books, so Clanton does for graphic novels. The stories are simple and rely on a truly absurd brand of humor. This means, though, that they can be appreciated by a broad audience. They are straightforward, so don't expect to be mulling them over even minutes after finishing but for sheer entertainment value this book gets a great big thumbs up from me.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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