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NARWHAL AND JELLY SERIES

HAPPY NARWHALIDAYS

September 2020, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 72 pp

Wintery waters have Jelly feeling like a bit of a bah humbug. But it is hard to hate the holidays when a festive Narwhal is sharing warm waffle pudding, songs, and a tale about something called the Merry Mermicorn. ‘Tis the SEASon in the fifth Narwhal and Jelly early graphic novel!

NARWHAL’S OTTER FRIEND
(February 2019, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 72 pp)
Narwhal and Jelly…and Otty?! Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet a super-adventurous otter in the fourth book of this popular early graphic novel series.

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
(April 2018, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 64 pp)
Jelly convinces Narwhal to try peanut butter for the first time with hilarious results including a name change in the third book of this award-winning early graphic novel series.

SUPER NARWHAL AND JELLY JOLT
(May 2017, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 64 pp)
Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three under-the-sea adventures.

NARWHAL: UNICORN OF THE SEA
(October 2016, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 64pp)
A wonderfully silly, early graphic novel series featuring three stories interspersed with neat facts about sea creatures. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship, the benefits of working together, and the power of imagination in the delightful Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.

 

MERCHANDISING RIGHTS – MerryMakers has produced Narwhal and Jelly finger puppets, giant plush dolls, and backpack pulls. Visit the Narwhal and Jelly website: www.narwhalandjelly.com

AUDIO RIGHTS – North American English audio rights sold to Listening Library

STARRED REVIEWS

KIRKUS – “Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker.”

THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS – “Readers will likely clamor for the next outing.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “An utterly enchanting start to a series that’s bound to be popular among young readers.”

ACCOLADES

  • Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2016 by School Library Journal
  • Best Picture Books of 2016 by Kirkus
  • 2017 Eisner Award winner for Early Readers
  • SUPER NARWHAL AND JELLY JOLT named a School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
  • Over 1 million books in print

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

CatalanJuventud
Chinese Simplified TB Publishing
DutchBaecken Books
FarsiFarsi Readings
French/North AmericaScholastic Canada
French/World ex. North AmericaGallimard
GermanMoses Verlag
HebrewKinneret
IcealandicBokafelagid BF - Utgafa
ItalianMondadori Edizione Piemme
KoreanWisdom House
NorwegianVigmostad & Bjorke
Portuguese/Brazil Darkside
Portuguese/World ex.BrazilPenguin Random House Portugal
SpanishJuventud
UK/AustralianEgmont UK Ltd.

NOTE: Three additional Narwhal and Jelly graphic novels are under contract.


Marietta Zacker


Graphic Novel


Animals

Friendship

Humor

Read-Aloud


Audio

Dramatic

Translation

UK

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NARWHAL AND JELLY BOARD BOOK SERIES

BLANKIE

February 2021, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 22 pp

Dive into a brand new Narwhal and Jelly story for the youngest readers! A big, yellow blankie is one of Narwhal’s favorite things; not only because it keeps Narwhal warm and cozy, but also because it’s not just a blankie. Narwhal can fold it into a hat, wear it as a cape (or a dress!) and even use it for a picnic with a best bud, like Jelly! This charming board book celebrates the power of imagination and reusability, and is perfect for both fans of the Narwhal and Jelly graphic novel series and readers new to the world wide waters.

BUBBLES
(February 2021, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 22 pp)
Narwhal accidentally bursts Jelly’s bubble with his tusk-tooth, Jelly is a little sad . . . until Narwhal shows him that there are lots of bubbles in the ocean! There are little-bitty bubbles and great big bubbles. There are bubbles up high and bubbles down low. There are bubbles that are pink and bubbles that stink. It’s unbelieva-bubble!

NOTE: Two more original board books to come.


Marietta Zacker


Board Book


Animals

Friendship

Humor

Imagination

Read-Aloud


Audio

Dramatic

Translation

UK

 

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ROT: THE BRAVEST IN THE WORLD

June 2020, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

In this second Rot book, we meet Rot’s big brother Snot, who is a bit of snot to poor Rot. He’s made up a creature called the Squirm that has Rot feeling super scared. But with the help of a cape, broom, and pot, Rot manages to put on his brave face and even make a new friend.

STARRED REVIEWS

KIRKUS – “Readers wooed by Rot’s charm in Rot: The Cutest in the World (2017) will laugh out loud at this well-paced encore”

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

FrenchScholastic Canada


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Bullying

Family

Friendship

Humor

Read-Aloud


Dramatic

Translation

UK


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ROT: THE CUTEST IN THE WORLD

Spring 2018, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

A fun and silly picture book about a mutant potato named Rot who enters a beauty pageant and must overcome the doubts of the other contestants (a baby bunny, cuddly kitten, and jolly jellyfish) as well as his own. An appealingly strange book and character worth rooting for, especially because of the book’s themes of self-acceptance and courage.

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

FrenchScholastic Canada


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Bullying

Humor

Read-Aloud


Dramatic

Translation

UK

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VOTE FOR ME!

February 2020, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 32 pp

Donkey and Elephant both want YOUR vote and will do just about anything to get it. Soon their efforts devolve into literal mud-slinging. Can they clean up their campaigns or will a third candidate (Mouse?) squeak out a win? An interactive, fun, and timely read aloud!


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Activism

Humor

Read-Aloud


Dramatic

Translation


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SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY

October 2014, Simon & Schuster, 32 pp

An autobiographical picture book which explores the world, wishes and ingenuity of a very imaginative boy.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Imagination

Literary


Dramatic

Translation

UK


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MO’S MUSTACHE

October 2013, Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada, 32 pp

Mo is a monster who just got a mustache. A big, black, beautiful mustache. Everybody likes Mo’s mustache. Now Knot, Dot, Nib, Tutu, Bob, Bill, and Ben all have mustaches too. In fact, soon EVERYBODY has a mustache! Why is everyone copying Mo? And how will he (and his mustache) ever stand out?


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Humor

Read-Aloud

Sharing


Dramatic

Translation


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BOO WHO?

August 2017, Candlewick, 32pp

A shy little ghost who’s new to the group has trouble fitting in — until his special talent comes to the fore.

Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. (“You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.”) Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group? From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a funny story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Friendship

Humor

Read-Aloud


Dramatic

Translation


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REX WRECKS IT!

March 2017, Candlewick, 32 pp

Uh-oh! Here comes Rex! Every time Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! That’s just the way Rex plays. Is there a way to make playtime fun for everyone?

STARRED REVIEWS

BOOKLIST – “A warm and wacky story that feels both fresh and familiar. This enchanting, quirky quartet will entertain children with what are sure to be repeat readings.”

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

Simplified ChineseBeijing Cheerful Century


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Friendship

Humor

Read-Aloud

Sharing


Dramatic

Translation


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IT CAME IN THE MAIL

June 2016, Simon & Schuster, 40 pp

Liam really wants some mail, so he writes a letter to his mailbox asking for something in return. His mailbox delivers, sending Liam more than he could have hoped for…and how! But as the mail starts to pile up, Liam realizes that the best packages and parcels are even better when shared with friends.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Friendship

Humor

Magical Realism

Sharing


Dramatic

Translation

UK