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. Volume XXIII Number 8. . . .October 28, 2016
Clanton’s latest is a graphic novel introducing two sea creatures: Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea, and his new best friend, Jelly. In three short chapters, the two meet in the ocean and become friends, form a pod with several other sea creatures, and create a story starring a waffle and his strawberry sidekick that confront an evil robot. Interspersed between the chapters are sections that provide fun facts about narwhals and jellyfish and a Narwhal song.
Clanton’s simple line drawings eschew most background details leaving Narwhal and Jelly front and center in most panels. The use of a limited colour palate (blues, greys and occasional yellow accents) also helps to focus young readers’ attention on the characters and their expressive faces. Narwhal and Jelly are particularly childlike and appealing—they both like waffles, parties, and adventures—and the text is succinct, appropriate to the intended audience. This makes Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea a great addition to the early comics shelf; a sequel, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, is promised for 2017.
Kay Weisman works as a youth services librarian at West Vancouver Memorial Library and chairs the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award.
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