Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal

by Jessie Sima

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481469104
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
File size: 35 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. She grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that she was a storyteller. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. She is the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, Z; Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies; Spencer’s New Pet; and Jules vs. the Ocean. You can visit her at

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Not Quite Narwhal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Each page does a great job of telling the story without being too overwhelming with too many words. My little one has been able to read sentences out of it and sound words out even though it is not a beginning reading book. All of us enjoyed reading "Not Quite Narwhal" - it is so cute and the illustrations are beautiful. The message of being yourself and not having to choose between those you love is very powerful and well-received, especially appreciated by blended families like ours. I would love to read more adventures of Kelp or other new stories by Jessie Sima!
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
One look at that little character on the cover and I knew I was in for a treat. He is downright adorable. I know you will be just as pleased with little Kelp's story as I am. Kelp was born deep in the ocean but he is very different than the other narwhals around him. He can't quite put his finger on it but he knows he isn't the same. One look at him convinces you that he definitely is a unicorn but a unicorn living amongst narwhals is very, very unusual indeed. Yep, Kelp has a tusk but it's not as long and grand as the other narwhals that swim beside him. He has a little difficulty with the swimming as you see him wearing floaties to keep up with the pod. One day the ocean current sweeps him up and brings him to the surface. What he sees there is truly amazing. He sees a majestic creature standing like a statue in the moonlight and this magnificent creature looks just like him! Oh my! Kelp faces his fears and steps out onto dry land. He cautiously journeys through the dark forest in search of this magical, sparkling creature he sited from the ocean. Kelp happens upon a field of animals that look identical to him and he yelps, "Land Narwhals!" To which a unicorn replies, "Actually, we're unicorns. And, by the looks of it, so are you!" Can this be true? Is Kelp really a land narwhal or is he a sea unicorn? How can he know for sure? Will he have to choose what he is created to be? Jessie Sima's precious illustrations along with the fact that young readers know the Kelp is indeed a unicorn, not a narwhal, will delight kids of ages 4-7 guaranteed! This is Sima's first picture book. Can't wait for number two!