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

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. 


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

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.


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”.


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).


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.


Children’s Picture Book Review: Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

Children’s Picture Book Review: Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan WhiteCounting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
Published by Tundra Books on August 9th 2016
Genres: Children's Books
Pages: 32

What is a day of counting with Barefoot Critters?
ReadingMaking pancakesHelping friendsExploringSwimmingPlaying piratesLearning about numbers!
Join this adorable cast of animal characters as they explore numbers and counting over the course of a day, having fun at all stops along the way.

The cuteness of Counting with Barefoot Critters is on such a high level, you pretty much say “Awww” and “ OMG how cute” every time you turn the page. Seriously, it is jam-packed with cuteness from the critters to the many adventures and activities they participate in, you are enveloped in total adorableness and you can’t help but smile while reading it.

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Gorgeous map of the little Barefoot Critters village

I’m positive that little young ones learning their numbers will love having this little story/poem read out loud to them, and I know they will enjoy counting out all the sweet little animal friends on each exquisitely detailed page. From such activities as quiet reading, to making pancakes, eating cake (I always find cake..for real…it’s like a gift…I am a cake magnet…in real life and in books), playing pirates, swimming and hanging out in their fort, to racing (yes…there is even a super adorable triceratops dinosaur in this book) these little critters are sure to warm their way into all readers hearts.

The illustration of the fox reading….I need that in my life…(and I’m a “grownup”. Also….I found cake….even if it is just in the book…

I think the rhymes in this book read out really well and invite the readers to guess what number comes next. The illustrations were beautifully done. I loved the illustrations of all the barefoot critters, my favorites were clearly  the fox, bunny, and the triceratops. Every single page had so many wonderful details from the actual critters to the little ants, mice, birds and lovely flowers. The colors were very pleasing to the eye and just bright enough to jump off the page. The author (Teagan White) clearly carefully every detail when making this exquisite and aesthetically pleasing counting book, like the way the numbers go from orange/red, to yellows, greens and finally blue to mimic the passing of time from morning to afternoon to evening. I definitely will be adding this charming book to future baby’s library, and also will be getting them for friends’ little ones to enjoy too.

I mean…just look at the care and love that these illustrations were done with. So very pretty…and such a cute scene.

I’m also interesting in checking out Teagan White’s previous book Adventures with Barefoot Critters, which is all about letters and the seasons. Counting with Barefoot Critters (hardcover) goes on sale August 9th, 2016. You won’t find a cuter, sweeter, more adorable counting book anywhere (revisit the pictures on this post if you need to be reminded of the cuteness factor).

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

How can you not fall in love with that little triceratops dino? I mean…LOOK AT IT….it’s so freaking cute!

Let me know what you think of Counting with Barefoot Critters. Which critter was your favorite?



Children’s Picture Book Review: Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Children’s Picture Book Review: Ooko by Esme ShapiroOoko by Esme Shapiro
Published by Tundra Books on July 5th 2016
Pages: 32

     Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected!      A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself.

Ooko is a very adorable little fox, and even though he has a stick, a leaf and a rock, he is lonely. Ooko decides he needs to find a friend and sets off looking. Ooko gets excited when he finds what looks like another fox playing with a little girl (who he thinks is a 2 legged furless fox). He tries to walk over so that he can play with them but they run away and the little girl’s mother calls out to her “ Debbie, Watch out!”.

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Ooko now thinks all 2 legged furless foxes are called Debbie and he wants his very own. Ooko thinks that debbies don’t like him the way he is, so he tries really had to change his appearance to look more like the other foxes aka dogs around him. Eventually, a short sighted lady mistakes him for her puppy Ruthie. The lady gives him a bath, dresses him in an itchy wool sweater and takes him for a walk. Ooko is starting to realize that debbies don’t play very fun games after all. While out on a walk he comes upon a racoon name Oomi. Oomi loves to play with sticks just like Ooko does and together they set off to play. Ooko realized that he doesn’t need to change anything about himself in order to have a friend to play with.

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I fell in love with this book during ALAMW this past January. While at the Tundra Books booth, one of the representatives pointed it out to me. When it became available on NetGalley I just had to read it in full. The illustrations are whimsical, colorful and quirky. The story is simple enough for younger readers to handle sitting through, yet cute and entertaining enough for older readers too. The message at the end of the story is a really good one too. Ooko was precious and I felt so bad for him when he was sad and lonely. Young readers (and older readers too) are sure to delight in the loveliness of the artwork and have plenty to look at while reading.

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The moral of the story is to be true to yourself, and not to worry that by doing so you won’t find any friends. Out there somewhere is someone that will like you just the way you are, without any need to change yourself and who likes to play “sticks” or “leaf” or “rock” just as much as you do. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it as a good book to read out loud either at story time, bedtime or whenever a story is requested or needed.

Thank you NetGalley and Tundra Books for the opportunity to read this book prior to publishing in exchange for an honest review.