Book Review: Narwhal’s Otter Friend

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Narwhal and Jelly . . . and Otty?! Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty the super-adventurous otter in the fourth book of this blockbuster early graphic novel series!

Dive into three new stories about the joy of adventure and the power of friendship! In the first story, Otty the otter makes her debut splash; while Narwhal greets her with immediate enthusiasm, Jelly’s not so sure about her…mostly because he worries she’ll take his place as Narwhal’s best friend. Readers will easily see why Narwhal’s so excited to meet Otty, a boisterous explorer who even has an aunt who’s a real live sea captain! But readers will also relate to Jelly’s uneasiness seeing his best friend making a new pal.

Jelly tries to work out his jealousy in story two, and in story three, the new trio say “Ahoy, adventure!” and discover they all have more in common than they thought . . . including a love of waffles! Jelly also takes over the “Super Waffle and Strawberry Sidekick” comic providing a sidekick’s-eye-view of defeating the dreaded dEVILed egg!

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This is by far my favorite series to read with my daughter. The artwork is fantastic, and the morals to the story are worth engaging with. What’s even better, the author Ben Clanton, doesn’t whack you over the head with the moral, it’s delivered through character actions and reactions. Allowing my daughter to learn the moral on her own through the story.

There are adults who should read this series and learn. I’m looking at you angry Twitter mobs, and self-loathing Facebook groups. They’re timeless lessons suitable for people of all ages, and the artwork is clean and vibrant.

I look forward to the next installment.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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