Thank you to Tundra Books (Penguin Random House Canada) and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review. Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton is set to be published February 5, 2019.
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Series: A Narwhal and Jelly Book, book 4
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via NetGalley):
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!
I love this series so much. It continues to get better and funnier with each book published.
I was laughing from the very first line of text, “Hum dee-doo. Waffley-woo!” There are many adorable words that Ben Clanton makes up. And the puns! So many egg puns! They’re cheesy in a good way – the kind of cheesy you can’t help but giggle at.
I especially like that this story has a message for all ages. At some time or another you may have struggled to cope with good friends meeting new friends, feeling that you are losing a friend in the process. I think this teaches in a small way the importance of learning self-worth.
My favorite line has to be when Narwhal says, “I think ‘Waffles! Waffles! Waffles!’ would make a good motto!” I, of course, agree. The writing is just too too good and pairs well with the animated art.
I hope this series continues for a long time. The Narwhal and Jelly books have definitively been one of my favorite series of 2018. I highly recommend reading these delightful and “funtastic” novels.