Review: Not Quite Narwhal

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Not Quite Narwhal

Author + Illustrator: Jessie Sima

Published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Not Quite Narwhal is the charming story of Kelp, who was born and raised in the ocean. He has always believed he was a narwhal like everyone else in his family, but he has always been a little different. His tusk isn’t as long, he has a different taste in food, and he is not as strong of a swimmer. One night, a powerful current comes and carries him away to the surface. Kelp discovers a sparkling, peculiar creature that looks like him. He realizes that he and these mysterious creatures are actually unicorns. Kelp is then faced with a difficult decision. Does he want to be a land narwhal with the unicorns or a sea unicorn with the narwhals? Surrounded by unconditional love from his family and friends, Kelp discovers that maybe he doesn’t have to pick one. The text is simply lovely, the illustrations are gorgeous blends of beautiful colors presented in soft hues, and the meaningful message of individuality is exquisitely exhibited through this charming story. The enchanting artwork is sure to engage and inspire readers.

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The dazzling story and stunning illustrations make it hard to believe that this is author and illustrator Jessie Sima’s DEBUT picture book! Truly exceptional work!

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Additional Resources:

Not Quite Narwhal book trailer:

Author and illustrator Jessie Sima website:

Not Quite Narwhal cover reveal + interview with author and illustrator Jessie Sima:

Podcast interview with author and illustrator Jessie Sima:

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