Jessy and Nessy
Jessy, a kind and inquisitive ukulele-strumming girl, and Nessy, a centuries old Scottish purple sea monster, are best friends. Together, they have lots of questions, or as they call them “curiosities” to solve: Where can we find quiet? How can I help you so you’re not afraid? Why is the Moon out during the day?
Along the way, they meet and enlist help from friends like Muriel the Narwhal, clouds named Nimbus and Ciera, and their tallest friend called Huge Ian. In their world, Nessy adores mustard sandwiches, fun, friendship and collaboration are practiced not preached, and the expression of disappointment is “Pickles and Peas!” – with nary a saccharine second to be found. Leading by example, Jessy and Nessy guide their friends and encourage viewers to be curious, ask questions and find their way to the answer.
Thanks to social-emotional acumen likely learned in Mister Rogers Neighborhood, artful script writing, the tremendously capable young actor Sophie Feldman (Jessy), Jamie Buchanan’s embodiment of Nessy, stellar character voice talent, and vibrant mixed media design, young viewers will absorb age appropriate lessons about life, science, and the importance of seeing the extraordinary in ordinary things.
Kudos to JAM Media and Amazon Studios for creating this imaginative, sensitive and smart series.
Claire Green ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and serves as a judge on several national toy and music award committees. She champions toys, books, and media that offer children new perspectives and playful adventures in learning.