Caramel enjoyed reading the quirky adventures of Narwhal and Jelly in Narwhal: The Unicorn of the Sea!, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Here he shares his thoughts on the fourth book in Ben Clanton’s Narwhal and Jelly series: Narwhal’s Otter Friend. Sprinkles is taking notes and occasionally asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Caramel, you are reading another Narwhal and Jelly story! Tell me about this one!
Caramel: Narwhal finds a new friend, an otter. And Jelly gets jealous. Even the title of the second chapter is Jealous Jelly.
S: So Jelly is worried about losing his best friend, right?
C: Yes, but he’s ok at the end. They all of them become good friends. And they go to outer space together for new adventures!
S: Did this story feel familiar to you Caramel? Did you ever find yourself in Jelly’s position? Or how about Narwhal? Or the otter in fact?
C: I feel more like the otter actually. I meet many new people every day. I like making new friends. And I like to pretend to be a river otter sometimes.
S: You do love to swim, don’t you?
C: Yep! Very very much! Can I tell you my favorite facts now?
S: Ok Caramel. But this time the facts are about otter, right?
C: Yes there are some otter facts in the book, but I want to tell you about jellyfish! Did you know that people fed jellyfish peanut butter?
“Aquarists (people who keep or maintain aquariums) at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, tried feeding peanut butter to moon jellyfish and found out that the jellyfish cold thrive on it!”
And here is another fact about jellyfish I like:
“A jellyfish’s body is made up of about 95% water!”
And next to it there is a jellyfish saying “What-er?” Get it? It’s “what” and “water” at the same time!
S: That is funny Caramel. And that is a lot of water in the jellyfish. Do you know how much water we have in our bodies?
C: I thought 75% or something, right?
C: That’s still a lot of water. But jellyfish have still more water!
S: That is really interesting Caramel… Jellyfish do kind of feel watery don’t they? Remember you touched some moon jellyfish in that touch tank at the aquarium?
C: Yep. I remember. They were very smooth! One of them had a scar on its top…
S: Oh that’s sad Caramel… I wonder how it got the scar.
C: Maybe it got scratched by one of the kids touching it?
S: Yes, we have to be gentle with the creatures in the touch tank, right?
S: OK Caramel, tell me about how the book is organized. Does it have its usual three chapters and a fact chapter and a superhero chapter again?
C: I don’t remember. Let me look again. Yep! The superhero story is called Strawberry Sidekick vs The Deviled Egg this time.
S: The Sidekick is Jelly and the Egg is the otter? And Sidekick feels “egg-nored”, right?
C: Yes! Jelly is still mad at the otter at this point of the book. But then in the last chapter things all get better.
S: That sounds really neat Caramel. What did you like most about this book?
C: The pictures! I keep reading and reading the book over and over again.
S: Yes, there is not yet a fifth Narwhal and Jelly book. I’m sure you will be reading the fifth one as soon as it gets out, right?
C: Yup! I’m looking forward to it!
S: Till then, what are you going to do?
C: I guess I’ll read the four books I have again and again.
S: That’s commitment! We will still need to find another book to review next week.
C: Perhaps. I’m trying to sound mysterious here.
S: Yes, indeed you do sound mysterious Caramel! A great way to end your review!
C: Yay! Let me say it again: Stay tuned for more reviews from the Book Bunnies!