Not Quite Narwhal (Hardcover)

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By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
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Not Quite Narwhal is a precious book about acceptance and finding your identity. Kelp is a Unicorn living among Narwhals who doesn’t always feel like he belongs, when he meets a group of Unicorns he is faced with a tough decision, Unicorn or Narwhal? Dive into this dazzlingly illustrated picture book and allow Kelp to teach you that it is possible to belong in more than one world. I absolutely adore this picture book, and you will too!
  — From Madeline's Picks

This beautifully illustrated book is about a unicorn named Kelp who knows he is different from his narwhal friends, but they accept him anyways! After being swept away by the ocean and discovering that he is actually a unicorn, Kelp learns that he doesn't have to be one thing or another and unites his friends in a party on the shoreline. It is a classic story of accepting what your differences are and being true to who you are! ~Amanda — From The Best Books of the Year - 2017 (page 1)

This book is so adorable and cute it makes me wish I had a friend like Kelp or can be as confident as Kelp. Kelp is an underwater unicorn who loves his life but soon comes to learn that outside of the ocean life can be just as grand. Kelp shows us we can enjoy the best of two worlds. — From Mercedes' Picks

Description


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.

About the Author


Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New PetJules vs. the Ocean; and Hardly Haunted. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New PetJules vs. the Ocean; and Hardly Haunted. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.

Praise For…


"The message is an appealing one that could speak to many family situations relating to multiple identities...feel-good story"
— Kirkus Reviews

"Adorable characters trigger smiles throughout"
— Publisher's Weekly

"A storyteller’s pacing and winning characters, resulting in an appealing book. Read it for a whimsical storytime or provide some text-to-text connections for older students with Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Uni the Unicorn and Bob Shea’s Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great....this title is highly recommended."
— School Library Journal

"Swap the tired Ugly Duckling for this delightfully absurd tale of knowing who you are and where you came from."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Sima’s bubbly, adorable artwork is nearly irresistible...This endearing tale will warm many a heart."
— Booklist

"This book is painfully adorable...The story is about finding your own way to belong,..It's just beautiful.”
— Shelf Awareness Pro
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481469098
ISBN-10: 1481469096
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English