Team Unihorn and Woolly: Attack of the Krill

HarperAlley. Apr. 2024. 96p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780063002050.
Gr 1-4–Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and superpowers are not a requirement in this hilarious series debut about four friends who save the day. Raina the rhinoceros and Nigel the narwhal are surfing at Burlap Beach, while Shu the horseshoe crab is preparing for the blood moon eclipse on the beach. Woolly the mammoth crashes in on a wave, still stuck in a hunk of ice, and his awkwardness does not endear him to Raina, Nigel, or Shu. A storm hits, sweeping all of them close to the eclipse and they receive superpowers—except for Woolly. When prehistoric krill from Woolly’s ice block attack Burlap Beach, the superheroes rush to save the day. Vivid digital art creates a wonderfully imaginative world, with expressive speech bubbles to indicate emotion and an excellent use of bleed and panel layering to indicate mood and tone. Action sequences, such as the trap set for the krill, layer and build the rising action, while important moments are rendered as splash pages. This encourages reading immersion. Meanwhile, the narrative carries a sweet message about friendship, heroism, and kindness with humor.
VERDICT This graphic novel is an example of dynamo sequential storytelling and beginning readers will love this book.

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