Review: Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton


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Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship and the power of believing in yourself and others through this irresistible duo.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Narwhals are awesome creatures and I’ve been seeing more picture books with them featured lately. In this collection of short comics, the second in the Narwhal and Jelly series, Narwhal discovers his superpowers and uses them for good in various ways.

I loved the idea of a narwhal being a superhero. The first comic, when Narwhal discovers he is a superhero but not what his superpower is, was my favorite. The art is appropriately charming and goes well with the stories.

The next story was less than thrilling and a bit boring. The third, when he needed to cheer up a friend and in doing so discovered what his actual superpower was, was the most heartfelt of the book. Being someone that brings out the best in others is nothing to sneeze at!

The reason I’m giving this book only a 2.5 star rating is because, while the art was good and the first story was really fun, the rest of the book was rather lackluster. There was substance missing from the stories, in that there was the barest sketch of a story and not much fleshing out of it. Perhaps, in this sense, a comic book was the wrong medium and each story would have been better as it’s own picture book?

This book will probably be most attractive to a younger audience to whom the lack of a fleshed out story won’t matter, as it is visually appealing through out the work.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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