Caramel enjoyed reading the hilarious adventures of Narwhal and Jelly in Narwhal: The Unicorn of the Sea! and Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt. Below he shares his thoughts on the third book in Ben Clanton’s Narwhal and Jelly series: Peanut Butter and Jelly. Sprinkles is taking notes and occasionally asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Caramel, you can’t seem to have enough of these Narwhal and Jelly books!
Caramel: Because I love them! I can’t wait till the next book comes out.
S: You are planning a review of the next one too, right?
C: Yes, but let me first tell you about this one. In this book Narwhal finds out that he loves peanut butter. He eats so much peanut butter that he turns yellow. He eats all the peanut butter in the whole wide world, and then gets very small. He is as small as a peanut! And he’s still yellow!
S: So what happens when there’s no more peanut butter to eat?
C: He goes back to waffles. And peanut butter when he can find it.
S: That sounds so funny! Ok, let us look at the book together. Is the book organized in a similar way to the previous ones?
C: Yes, there are again three chapters, and a fact section (Delicious Facts) and another superhero story (Super Waffle and Strawberry Sidekick vs PB&J). Can I tell you my favorite fact from this one? Or two?
S: Ok, let us hear it Caramel.
C: Here I go:
“Scientists believe narwhals suck up their food whole and eat mainly fish.”
“Sea cucumbers eat all sorts of things, including poop.”
And right next to this fact is a slimy sea cucumber saying “Yummy!” These books are so funny!
S: You especially appreciated the yummy poop joke, I’m sure!
S: I could guess! Ok, what else do you want to tell us about this book?
C: Can I just read one chapter out loud?
S: Yes, but only to me. Others have to read the book themselves!
C: Fine. (Caramel reads out loud the chapter titled “Ahoy! Peanut Butter?”, giggling all the way through.)
S: So we learn a lot about Narwhal in this book, right?
C: He gets funnier and funnier in every book. And Jelly looks very confused all the time. And did you know that the author Ben Clanton ate 41 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while writing this book?
S: Wow! That’s a lot of PB&J sandwiches! So Caramel, which character feels closer to you? Do you think you are more like Narwhal or more like Jelly?
C: Jelly! No Narwhal. I love peanut butter, too! I kind of even feel like a peanut sometimes.
S: You are kind of small for now, that’s true. Ok, so let us wrap this up. How would you complete this sentence:
What I liked most about this book is …
C: Peanut Butter! That is Narwhal’s new name in this book. Because he is funny.
S: Thanks Caramel. I’m looking forward to your next review.
C: So am I!
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