Someday, Narwhal by Lisa Mantchev

Someday, Narwhal

“Kids will love this tiny little protagonist who dares to dream big.” —Booklist“The little narwhal from Strictly No Elephants gets her own story…Equally good as a stand-alone or for fans of the first book.” —School Library JournalIn this charming companion to the award-winning picture book Strictly No Elephants, a tiny narwhal discovers that sometimes the difference betwee...

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Someday, Narwhal Reviews

  • Laura McLoughlin

    Well, that was pretty damn adorable. How can I get a tiny narwhal that I can keep in a fishbowl?

  • Penny Ramirez

    Sweet, wonderful story about how friends help each other. Yum's soft, dreamy artwork perfectly complements Mantchev's words. I love that the narwhal's dreams come true!

  • Jessica Furtado

    An adorable story about a pet narwhal who is stuck in her comfort zone, but wants to embark on adventure. The text and illustrations will spark young readers' imaginations, as it playfully mixes places and things from everyday life along with unexpected creatures as pets. The story explores the themes of friendship, growth, and overcoming fears.

  • Beth Wisniewski

    Too cute!!

  • Kara

    A tiny pet narwhal living in a fish bowl longs to see the world and eventually her wish comes true on a red wagon ride through the city. Both the text and illustrations are well done in this story but there's some confusion in how they match up. When the narwhal expresses her longing for travel, the text seems to indicate she's talking just to her animal friends. Yet the child pet owners are shown listening, too, and it's unclear throughout the book how much they are or aren't involved in the ad

    A tiny pet narwhal living in a fish bowl longs to see the world and eventually her wish comes true on a red wagon ride through the city. Both the text and illustrations are well done in this story but there's some confusion in how they match up. When the narwhal expresses her longing for travel, the text seems to indicate she's talking just to her animal friends. Yet the child pet owners are shown listening, too, and it's unclear throughout the book how much they are or aren't involved in the adventure. I don't know if young readers would notice this, but the text-illustration mismatch distracted me from the story.

  • Maria Marshall

    In a gentle text, filled with friendship and wonder, Lisa Mantchev invites the reader into a narwhal's confined fishbowl world. Where numerous obstacles (an inability to walk or read and fear of cold temperatures) to her dream to travel and explore, keep her confined and sad. Three friends and their animals respond to her boy's call for help. After each animal counters one of Narwhal's fears, they set off together on an adventure.

    In a nod to the opening refrain, Yum's soft colored illustrations

    In a gentle text, filled with friendship and wonder, Lisa Mantchev invites the reader into a narwhal's confined fishbowl world. Where numerous obstacles (an inability to walk or read and fear of cold temperatures) to her dream to travel and explore, keep her confined and sad. Three friends and their animals respond to her boy's call for help. After each animal counters one of Narwhal's fears, they set off together on an adventure.

    In a nod to the opening refrain, Yum's soft colored illustrations ingeniously include a red door, potted plant, umbrella stand, and piano along their way. Mantchev has created a tender story of bravery, friendship, cooperation, and perspective. Even though Narwhal can't see the world, she and her friends find a way to bring some of it to her.

  • Goshen PL Childrens

    Narwhal books are a bit of a new trend and I couldn't be happier. They are an automatic read for me and more often than not a favorite too.

    Being stuck in a fishbowl really isn't that bad when you have friends that help you travel the world. This was such a cute book, with some fun animal characters. A great book that teaches you that you are only limited by your imagination and your willingness to allow for help.

  • Peacegal

    An absolutely adorable fantasy starring a very unique creature. It's worth noting, however, that real aquatic pets should

    in fishbowls.

  • Michelle Gray

    Theme: nawhals

    I liked this book but had some questions about how one gets a narwhal into a fishbowl in the first place. Seemed a little odd.

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    My 6 year old daughter thought this was really cute, so I gave it 4 stars but for me it's more of a 3 star book.

    The illustrations are cute and the little narwhal is just adorable. But, the story was a bit weird for me. It probably would have made more sense if I had read the book that came before it, but, I didn't realize it was a second book. Basically the narwhal wants to see the world and when she tells her friends this, they offer to take her for a ride around the neighborhood in a little r

    My 6 year old daughter thought this was really cute, so I gave it 4 stars but for me it's more of a 3 star book.

    The illustrations are cute and the little narwhal is just adorable. But, the story was a bit weird for me. It probably would have made more sense if I had read the book that came before it, but, I didn't realize it was a second book. Basically the narwhal wants to see the world and when she tells her friends this, they offer to take her for a ride around the neighborhood in a little red wagon and she pretty much immediately backpedals away from her dream with excuses like they might get lost and so on. They talk her into going and the last couple pages include a scene where she sees travel posters for some iconic destinations and then she has a bunch of travel brochures under her fish bowl. I'm not sure whether it's saying that she is planning to see those places in real life or if she feels like she is seeing those places by just looking at the brochures through the fish bowl.

    Anyways, my kid just cared that the narwhal was cute and that it got to ride in a red wagon. We pretty much read any picture book with a narwhal, so, glad we read this one too. It's suitable for other narwhal fans, just don't expect it to be quite as cute as some of the other narwhal books. It was still one of the cutest books in my libraries last picture book shipment, so, definitely not criticizing it.

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