Saturday, December 03, 2016

Reader's Diary #1421- Ben Clanton: Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea

I've seen Ben Clanton's junior graphic novel Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea already popping up on a few Best of 2016 lists, so I figured I'd see what all the fuss is about.

It's a quirky book with adorable characters. Of course people love it. The grinchier side of me thinks it's a tad too quirky and adorable, almost template. But, I'm not the age group it's intended for, and perhaps this light, friendly humour is a healthy antidote for kids who might otherwise gear themselves toward slightly older, slightly more cynical humour.

The illustrations are very simple, but I do rather think this is a positive. It would no doubt be inspirational for kids to put a pen to paper to tell a simple story regardless of drawing ability.

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