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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, written and illustrated by Ben Clanton. Tundra, 2016. $16.99 ages 6 and up

"Hey, Narwhal, why are you
looking under that rock?
Ahoy, Jelly!
I'm looking for my pod.
Your pod?
I read on the net the other
day that narwhals usually
travel in groups called pods.
I seem to be missing mine,
so I'm looking for it."

When Narwhal finds himself in a new part of the sea, he is interested to meet Jelly. Jelly is not as keen. In fact, Jelly is not even sure that Narwhal is real. By the end of the first chapter, each has proved to the other that they can be friends.

Two pages of fun facts let readers know just a little bit about each, including the facts that narwhals can live up to ninety years, and jellyfish a group of jellyfish is called a smack. Narwhal has just recently learned that narwhals travel in pods, leading him to search for his own. Jelly is afraid he will not find it, as he is the only narwhal ever seen in this part of the sea.

Now, Narwhal is determined to organize his own pod, and asks Shark, Turtle, Blowfish, and Octopus to join. Jelly is s bit put out that he hasn't been asked and wonders what a pod does before making a decision to join. Narwhal has some explaining to do:

"I'm not really sure!
But I imagine a pod plays
ultimate cannonball, eats
waffles, fights crime and ...

has super awesome parties!"

That's only some of the fun that will be enjoyed by early readers as they share this comic novel. The two are mentors for teaching how to make a new friendship work. They share ideas, read books and make the very best of the day to day activities that friends love to do together. Full of joy and charm, it is sure to be a hit!

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