The Narwhal and Jelly graphic novel series is a “My first graphic novel” read. There is very basic text, almost repetitive and with a rhythm that beginning readers tend to have. Aimed at the first to second grader (ages 6 to 8) you can read them out loud as well. The very basic illustrations do not add a lot of details, but the right amount to not overpower the text, but to compliment it.
Narwhal is a bit on the “not the brightest fish in the ocean” side and Jelly the more put-upon best friend. Narwhal has the child’s enthusiasm whereas Jelly tends to be a bit more practical. Narwhal always leads with their heart and does not always think before he swims. The classic best friend’s tales come to mind: Frog and Toad, Morris and Boris, Elephant and Piggie, Fonzi and Ritchie….
Peanut Butter and Jelly (book three in the Narwhal and Jelly series) is not completely a standalone title. Whereas you do not need to know the first two books in the series, it does help set the tone and fills in a few blanks. Yet, the fact Narwhal uses his imagination and does not worry about “what could happen” makes each adventure its own. Yet, I would recommend Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea to be read first. Then, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (which I have missed somehow…)
If you like waffles, peanut butter, superheroes, jelly fish or narwhals this series is one that you need to sink your eyes into.