Book Review: Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness (Narwhal & Jelly #6) by Ben Clanton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Juvenile fiction
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 88, hardcover
Source: NetGalley

Dive into four new stories about Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers! The two best friends come across an enthusiastic school of fish one morning. Unfortunately, Mr. Blowfish, their teacher, has come down with a cold, and class will have to be cancelled . . . until Professor Knowell (Narwhal) and Super Teacher (Jelly) volunteer to help out! The first subject is Wafflematics, in which Narwhal and Jelly calculate the number of waffles needed to feed the class. That’s what we’re chalking about! Next up is a super-fun science scavenger hunt, followed by a game of Tag! You’re Awesome! at recess. Narwhal’s teaching methods may be unconventional, but with Jelly’s help, the two teach (and learn) with their trademark positivity and humor. Before they know it, the day is over . . . but what grade will Narwhal receive from Jelly?

I have been out of school for, well, quite a while now, but I would absolutely attend Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness. In this, Ben Clanton’s sixth outing for Narwhal and Jelly, they save the day and become substitute teachers when Mr. Blowfish catches a cold, leaving his fishy scholars adrift. 

Professor Knowell (Narwhal) schools the fish (sorry, couldn’t resist) in WaffleMatics. Who wouldn’t love math if it came with waffles and syrup? There’s also an exciting science scavenger hunt. The school of nine fish are adorable, and kids will pick up lots of new vocabulary words from them. 

While this is geared toward younger elementary school children, adults will also appreciate the humor and the artwork. 

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