Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal

eBook - 2017
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In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he's always been a little bit different—his tusk isn't as long, he's not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn't enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds. Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima's debut picture book is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781481469104
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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A magical tale about unicorns of the sea.

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Aug 16, 2018

I read this as often as I possibly can in my storytimes! And also to myself ;)

daniellevk_0 Jul 23, 2018

It has great illustrations, both cute and pretty. I like the colorful fish added in with the narwhals. There is a great distinguishing of land narwhals and sea unicorns and I like the description of that. The main character goes on this adventure to find who they are and comes to except both past and present situations and finds a way to keep them both and both sets of friends.

Mar 26, 2018

As a lover of unicorns as a child, I can honestly say this is one of my favourite kids books. Very imaginative and great for little girls.

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.

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Aug 02, 2017

red_cat_10465 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 15


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