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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Narah and the Unicorn: The Original Narwhal Story by Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews, with illustrations by David Grizzle, is a children's book with a fantasy angle to the creation of the namesake whale. Narah, a Beluga whale, is born with a barnacle on her forehead. Ostracized and made fun of by the rest of the whales, Narah finds acceptance and friendship with Peg, a unicorn she meets one day while swimming above the ocean. When a sad tragedy strikes and Narah is once more left almost alone - as for a short period she is surrounded by other animals that are also singularly unique - she is gifted with Peg's most dynamic feature...and the Narwhal is born.
Narah and the Unicorn is a beautiful piece of children's literature with a book that parents will appreciate as much as their kids. Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews have done a fantastic job in creating a fictional inception story for an animal most won't even know exists (I'll admit that I didn't). The format is exceptional and the white typeset of text against the rich colors of the illustrations just looks so sharp and gorgeous. The illustrations themselves are phenomenal. David Grizzle is a wildly talented artist and painter, bringing to life Narah, Peg, Peg's friends, and all the treasures of both sea and land. My daughter was equally captivated by the story and its artwork, only willing to pull away from it when we began researching narwhals....which happen to be her new favorite animal.