Perfectly Pegasus (Not Quite Narwhal #2)

by Jessie Sima (Author) Jessie Sima (Illustrator)

Perfectly Pegasus (Not Quite Narwhal #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A lonely pegasus looks for the perfect friend in this sweet and adorable picture book companion to the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal! Nimbus has always lived among the clouds. She's a pegasus, after all, and the sky is where she belongs. She is one of a kind. And when she wants a friend, all she has to do is look up--and talk to the stars. Only...they don't really talk back. The clouds don't, either. And sometimes, being the only pegasus can be a little...lonely? So she decides to find a fallen star to make a wish on--and wishes for friends who are just like her. Along the way she meets a Unicorn named Kelp, and a host of other creatures...who might just open her eyes to something other than what's up in the sky.
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In Sima's version of a crossover episode, Nimbus, the titular pegasus--who has purply blue wings and an aviator's cap to match--meets Kelp, the unicorn protagonist of 2017's Not Quite Narwhal. Nimbus, whose outlier status in the sometimes "too empty" sky corresponds to Kelp's underwater backstory, has pursued a falling star to an island in hopes that wishing on it will bring about "someone to keep her company." Kelp, whom Nimbus discovers standing sweetly in a meadow surrounded by butterflies and flowers, can't find the star either. The two nevertheless revel in each other's company (Nimbus flies in the rainbow generated by Kelp's horn), and when Kelp introduces Nimbus to his congenial beachfront community of narwhals and unicorns, readers may find themselves shouting out, "Here are the friends you're looking for!" Nimbus, however, wings all the way back to the heavens before realizing that she doesn't need to find the star itself to "finish her wish." If the resolution feels a titch lengthy, Sima rewards the audience with a great party ending: under starry skies, all the creatures--horned, mythical, and otherwise--gather for a truly adorable campfire event, replete with stargazing. Ages 4-8. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (Mar.)

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Charming digital illustrations and the heartwarming tale of friendship—not to mention unicorns—will keep very young children entertained.

Jessie Sima
Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies; Spencer's New Pet; Jules vs. the Ocean; and Hardly Haunted. You can visit them at
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Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2022
Not Quite Narwhal
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV002270 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Pegasus (Greek mythology)
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorn
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experi

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