Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal

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Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481469098
Branch Call Number: CJ SIMA-J
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 24 cm


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Feb 03, 2018

Love this book!

LPL_LaurenT Sep 11, 2017

SQUEE! A book with narwhals and unicorns? SIGN ME UP! Plus you can’t see it here, but IT HAS SPARKLES GUYS! Kelp the Narwhal (cough… unicorn… cough) is just trying to find his place in the world. He knows he doesn’t fit in with his narwhal buddies, but when he views a strange creature on land, he realizes he might not be the narwhal he thinks he is. Swoonworthy illustrations with an excellent message, I highly suggest this adorable book.

Mariangela_S Aug 28, 2017

Cute story that promotes individuality and acceptance of everyone.

Jun 19, 2017

I like not quite narwal because it is so cute

Jun 13, 2017

Oh my goodness me. This is an amazing story that legit brought a beautiful unicorn tear to my eye. The illustrations are freaking adorable and the story is so simple but so incredibly touching. We've all felt that we didn't quite belong somewhere, and just because we find some place where we do belong, that doesn't mean we have to leave our old lives behind. We're all unicorns at heart.

forbesrachel Jun 05, 2017

Not Quite Narwhal is incredibly adorable and sweet. The story is all about a little unicorn named Kelp who was raised as a narwhal under the ocean. He understands that he doesn't quite fit in with the narwhals, but doesn't understand why. Then one day he sees a sparkly creature on the land that looks like him. Curious, he follows, stepping out onto a strange new world. When he finds the unicorns, they explain to him what he is, and show him how to do all the cool things they can. Kelp has lots of fun, but he also misses his friends, and they miss him in turn. In the end he makes a decision that many never even consider; he doesn't see it as an either/or situation, he chooses to be part of both worlds. Sima's heartwarming story of acceptance, and discovering one's identity and home is told through concise writing and absolutely adorable illustrations. As an example how cute it is, picture this, Kelp wears a glass helmet with a hole where his horn pokes out. Everything about the art, from the curved creature designs to the soft blues, greens, and greys, evokes a gently, happy feeling in us. Not Quite Narwhal is a well-crafted and truly beautiful picture book. Keep an eye on Jessie Sima, because if this is what she can accomplish in her very first book, imagine what she'll achieve later.

VaughanPLSarahN May 28, 2017

Kelp's story of exploring the facets of his identity and *mild spoiler* joyfully discovering he can be his whole self is a lovely read for anyone who has ever felt different, or who knows people who do.

May 06, 2017

I don't know why, but the story of the "ugly duckling" seems to lend itself well to quirky adaptations. (Lilo and Stitch, anyone?) The particular quirky variation that is Not Quite Narwhal hits all the right notes for me. It is cute and gentle without being sickeningly sweet. Also, yay for unicorns! And double yay for narwhals!!

VaughanPLAlison May 05, 2017

A sweet and simple story about a unicorn raised as a narwhal, trying to find out who he is. For anyone who's felt different you'll love reading about Kelp.

ReadJillyRead Apr 06, 2017

Such a sweet story about Kelp who doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the narwahls. Kelp ends up on an accidental journey and on this accidental adventure he discovers who he is. This story is so precious and has beautiful illustrations. I read and re-read the book several times in a row, it is so stinkin' cute.

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Aug 02, 2017

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