Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt Find Their Own Superpower for Helping Friends in a Fun Cartoon Read Aloud

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Narwhal and Jelly Together Again


Narwhal and Jelly are back in this adventure read aloud that teaches the power of bringing out the best in friends. Ben Clanton tells a story in which superheroes find their superpower that is used for good. Children love superheroes, and parents sometimes have a challenge in encouraging their child to follow the right superhero. Clanton's Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is a fun choice for reading to show that superheroes can help with friendships.

Narwhal wants to find out what his superpower is. He enlists his friend Jelly Jolt to help in his search for his superpower. Clanton's book is divided into several stories and is similar to the format of a chapter book for young readers. The story of super sea creatures adds another dimension to the book and young readers will want to learn more about creatures that live in the ocean. Adventures under the sea are an engaging addition to the theme.

The cartoon-like illustrations feature large print in the text that create interest in dramatic reading. Illustrations are featured in blocks that mimic the format of a comic book. Clanton alternates his illustrations in color and black and white. The thoughts and dialogue between characters are also featured in bubbles that are similar to the format in comic books.

The third story or chapter in the book demonstrates the superpower in all of us when we bring out the best in our friends. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt was published by Tundra Books/Random House Canada and has an ISBN of 978-1-101-91829-6. it is recommended for ages 6-9.

Fun Read Aloud with Narwhal and Jelly's Adventures

The adventures begin to become a superhero.
The adventures begin to become a superhero.
Large text invites dramatic reading for young readers
Large text invites dramatic reading for young readers
True superpower brings out the best in our friends
True superpower brings out the best in our friends

Meet the Author and Illustrator

Ben Clanton enjoys writing picture books with creative illustrations. One of his books has been the recipient of numerous awards. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea received Amazon's Best Book of the Year Award and was also chosen as a Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection for children. This book was also a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection and received several starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Clanton contributes his talent as an illustrator to his books. He alternates color with black and white illustrations in his latest return with Narwhal. Large text with his illustrations also contribute to the fun of dramatic reading. You may visit his website at to learn more about his talents in writing children's books.

Clanton's Cartoon-Like Illustrations Add to the Book's Appeal

Cartoon-like illustrations in block format are similar to comic books about superheroes
Cartoon-like illustrations in block format are similar to comic books about superheroes
Additional story feature in illustrations of sea creatures will spark children's interest in learning more about ocean creatures.
Additional story feature in illustrations of sea creatures will spark children's interest in learning more about ocean creatures.

The Influence of Superheroes

Children love superheroes and parents are often challenged in finding the right superheroes for their child. There are many traits that the right superhero can bring out in children. The right superhero can teach values of honesty and determination. The right superhero can also teach children to think about others' feelings.

Why do children need superheroes? The right superhero can provide a type of oral compass for children in the world they live in. The right superhero also provides a role model for a variety of characteristics. Books such as this one can help children recognize the good characteristics in their chosen superhero. Kindness, helpfulness, and problem-solving skills are all part of Narwahl's character. Great conversations arise when parents read along and open a discussion of the good traits that can be seen in a superhero. Ask your child about the characteristics that he/she finds in Ben Clanton's character. How does Narwhal bring out the best in his friend Jelly? What kinds of superpowers does Narwhal try? What are the superpowers of the sea creatures that are featured in the story?

Your child might like to take on the role of a superhero after reading and draw himself/herself as a superhero who brings out the best in friends. A real friend always wants you to be yourself.

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