Saturday, May 7, 2016

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea - a bookwrap


Authored and illustrated by Ben Clanton

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...

About the book...

This little narwhal is an adorable character.  He is upbeat, positive and the life of party... which he creates of course.  While in uncharted underwater territory he comes across a jellyfish and they quickly make friends.  Off they go to eat waffles together and hang out.  

The energetic narwhal has great self-esteem and knows that he is the epitome of awesomeness!   The jellyfish says:

"What is up with that horn?"
"It is actually more of a tusk-tooth."
"Then why is it coming out of your forehead?"
"Because I'm awesome like that!"
"It is pretty awesome."

Narwhal has a gift of making diverse friendships and bringing creatures together to enjoy each other's company.  He can't seem to find his pod so he decides to gather those around him and make his own!  He is innovative, all inclusive and his happy, care-free spirit is contagious.  He reads books (what a winner) and shares them which ignites other's imaginations and gives them a desire to read too.  He accomplishes all this just by being himself. When his new friend the jellyfish asks him:

"What does a pod do exactly?"

Narwhal answers:

"I'm not really sure!"
"But I imagine a pod plays ultimate cannonball, eats waffle, fights crime and...  has SUPER AWESOME PARTIES!!   "PODASTIC!"

And party they do with music, dancing and pod-bonding...what  celebrating takes place.  

The formating of the text is very interesting with new playful words  which include, tentacular from the octopus, gnarly from the shark and turtley from the turtle.  Cleverly the author has included a page of really fun facts about the Narwhal and one for the jellyfish.  This book has it all!  The charisma of Narwhal is infectious.    I love the funky pictures and the come-on-and-join-my pod-vibe. Everyone is welcome in Narwhal's world!  Highly recommended.  Delightful. 

About the author...

I'm Ben.  I'm a story-scribbler, picture-squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer (someday), and avid sock wearer (especially of the striped variety).  I have spent most of my time on this planet reading, drawing, playing basketball, gardening and eating chocolate.  I live in Seattle with my wife, Kelsey (a photographer and designer!), and a wild goldendoodle named gigi.

Ben Clanton

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