Children’s Graphic Novel Review: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton

Children’s Graphic Novel Review: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben ClantonSuper Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (Narwhal and Jelly) by Ben Clanton
Published by Tundra Books on May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Children's Books, Graphic Novel
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Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship and the power of believing in yourself and others through this irresistible duo.

After reading the first book in this series and “meeting” Narwhal and Jelly, I knew any future books about these adorable little creatures were a must read for me. In this latest edition Narwhal has decided to come out and reveal his superhero self. Narwhal even convinces Jelly to join the fun as Narwhal’s trusty sidekick. Together they seek to discover what the Narwhal’s superpower is and even go on a few other mini adventures too. 


Did I mention the cuteness of these two? I love the simplistic illustrations and the vivid colors. Our heroes have never looked more adorable. The author perfectly captures the heartwarming friendship between our little superhero duo and shows the reader the power of encouragement. Filled with good messages about friendship and believing in yourself and bringing out the best in others, you can’t help but want to share this book with all young readers. 


Full of fun facts, silliness and waffles Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is sure to delight readers of all ages…even grownups. I can’t wait for the next book and to see what adventures Narwhal and Jelly will be up to next. Until then, make sure to pick up your very own copy of Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt today, and join our little under the sea friends on their latest adventure. 

 

Thank you to Tundra books and Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in return for an honest review. 

five-stars

Graphic Novel Review: Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westefeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)

Graphic Novel Review: Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westefeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)Spill Zone (The Spill Zone, #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland
Published by First Second on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
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five-stars

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.
The Spill claimed Addison's parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death or worse.
When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits and it seems to be calling Addison's name.

Something mysterious has happened in the area that is now the Spill Zone. No one knows exactly what, and the only people who dare venture into the territory is the HAZMAT crew and Addie. Addie lives with her sister just outside the Spill Zone. Her parents are gone, taken by the bizarre and unexplained happenings of the zone. She doesn’t know what has happened to them, but now she must do whatever it takes to take care of herself and her younger sister Lexa.

Addie risks exposure to the Spill Zone, and takes photographs of the eeriest scenes, from what used to be her hometown. The Spill zone is full of strange and frightening creatures, not to mention potential traps and dangers. Addie sells her photographs to collectors in order to support herself and her sister.  Lexa herself has changed since the Spill Zone happened, and she no longer speaks.  The loss of her voice is a mystery to everyone, and because of the strangeness of it all Lexa’s only friends are her stuffed animals and dolls. Vespertine, her favorite raggedy doll is always by Lexa’s side, but there’s something not quite right about that doll.

When Addie receives an offer she can’t refuse, she risks her life and goes deeper into the Spill Zone than she has ever been before. Addie doesn’t know what she will find there, or what dangers she might accidently bring back home with her.

Scott Westerfeld has masterfully created a graphic novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. From just a few pages you, you are immediately “sucked” into the story, and you can’t help but worry about the strong willed and determined Addie.  You hold your breath in hope that she will return home safely. The suspense is thick within these pages, and you know something dark is lurking just around the corner.  Along with Alex Puvilland’s creepy and distinctive illustrations, the story truly comes to brilliant life.

The cliffhanger at the end had me literally screaming “NOOOOOO”! I was not ready for the story to stop, and I need to know what happens next ASAP.  Will Addie be okay? Will Lexa speak?  What’s up with the creepy doll?  I highly recommend this graphic novel to lovers of sci-fi and suspense. Anyone looking for something new, different and special will not be disappointed by the creativity flowing out of this story.

 

 

Thank you to 01Firstsecond Books / Macmillan for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

five-stars

Children’s Book Review: Narwhal:Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

Children’s Book Review: Narwhal:Unicorn of the Sea by Ben ClantonNarwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Published by Tundra Books on October 4th 2016
Genres: Children's Books, Graphic Novel
Pages: 64
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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.

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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea is probably one to the most adorable picture books I have read this year. One of the many great things about this story is that it is a graphic novel for children. The format makes it easy to follow and fun to read. A young reader who maybe is just starting out or who gets intimidated by long paragraphs won’t be afraid of reading this quirky and cute book.

The two main characters Narwhal and Jellyfish don’t start out as friends, but with a little time spent together, their friendship quickly blooms. The book is a collection of three small stories that center around Narwhal and Jellyfish getting to know each other. Through these short stories, we learn about the meaning of friendship. These two amazing little creatures teach us about sharing, loving others no matter what, to be open to bringing new friends into your life and most importantly to use your imagination. Along the way, we also learn cool facts about Narwhals and Jellyfish. Definitely, a clever way to teach young readers something new, without making it seem like “learning”.

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Narwhal is so full of joy and positivity. Jellyfish is a bit skeptical and maybe a touch grumpy, but the duo works. They learn from each other and together they improve one another for the better. They also really love waffles, because who doesn’t love waffles? This book brought such a huge smile to my face and filled me with joy. I learned new facts and even a fun little song about narwhals. Which of course I sang for the rest of the day (my poor husband heard it at least 20+ times…and probably thought I had hit my head on something…bless him).

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I highly recommend this immensely adorable, sweet and funny graphic novel to anyone who needs some happiness and joy in their life. To all lovers of cute and perky little creatures of the sea, as well as all lovers of waffles. No matter what your age, you will fall in love with Narwhal and Jellyfish. I am so glad that a second book is in the works and I can’t wait to read it.

Thank you to Netgalley and Tundra Books for providing me with an e-ARC in return for an honest review.

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