Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Ben Clanton
Illustrator: Ben Clanton
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Narwhal and Jelly are new buddies that go on simple adventures. Narwhal, the happy-go-lucky and naïve character, befriends skeptical, somewhat emotional Jelly. They sing songs, find new friends, and use their imaginations while reading a blank book. During each of their journeys, the pair build their friendship and enjoy each other’s company.
This short graphic novel is perfect for fans of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. The characters come to life through illustrations and dialogue. Even though the two have very different personalities, the story shows readers that two beings do not have to be exactly the same in order to be friends. The book has three short chapters, and in them, Narwhal and Jelly encounter some conflicts which are resolved happily. This is a humorous, loving book which will leave readers begging for future stories involving Narwhal and Jelly.