A Super Scary Narwhalloween

Listening Library. (A Narwhal and Jelly Book: Bk. 8). Jul. 2023. 16p. $22. ISBN 9780593207505.
K-Gr 3–Sure, Clanton is the author here, but when he’s not initially included in the opening credits, he playfully inserts himself anyway: “With narration by Ben Clawww-ton...uhh, Clanton.” His energetic humor sets the stage for a charming, full-cast production of his latest, bestselling “Narwhal and Jelly” early graphic series. The eighth entry includes three adventurous (not too super scary, really!) shorts that celebrate empathy and friendship, jauntily interrupted by three informative interstitials that provide complementary information, from real-life sea creatures (vampire squids are not really vampires) to bats (and their guano—“That’s pooper! I mean super!”). A much-appreciated who-read-who cast list (thankfully, mostly the same since Book 1) appends the recording—revealing Clanton (again) was also Mr. Blowfish! Kiddie fave Kirby Heyborne stands out as sweet Jelly and Dion Graham extends his reach as Octopus.
VERDICT Halloween might be only once a year, but sea-loving fans will want easy access to this title any time.

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