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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763636177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636173
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title
Chickadee Award Nominee (The Maine Children's Choice Book Project)
A University of Wisconsin CCBC Choices 2012 Book

 ". . . (An) engaging, cheerful and astonishingly simple taxonomic exercise, filled with humor and a dynamic conversational style both visual and textual . . . ." -Kirkus Reviews

". . . (Kolar's) restrained palette reinforces the similarities Soltis so effectively uncovers. . . . Delightful, thought-provoking fun."  -Publisher's Weekly

". . . (an) entertaining story. . . be prepared to read this one again and again."  -The Horn Book

"...children will easily connect with the gleeful and confident puffin. A fun, thought-provoking look at how we classify the world around us." -Booklist

"....Is a puffin like a shovel, a helicopter, or a snake?.... after succumbing to this book’s charming inner logic, your kids will invariably say, "Of course it is!" –Time Out New York Kids

About the Author

Sue Soltis is a published poet. About NOTHING LIKE A PUFFIN, her first picture book, she says, "Writing this book was a great exercise in logic. Plus I loved thinking about puffins, with their bright beaks and neat dives. Someday, I hope to see one fly!" Sue Soltis lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bob Kolar is the author-illustrator of BIG KICKS. He has illustrated many other books for young readers, including ALPHAOOPS! THE DAY Z WENT FIRSTand ALPHAOOPS! H IS FOR HALLOWEEN, both by Alethea Kontis. Bob Kolar lives in Missouri.

More About the Author

Sue Soltis is a published poet with an MA in English from Binghamton University. About Nothing Like a Puffin, she says, "Writing this book was a great exercise in logic. Plus, I love thinking about puffins, with their bright beaks and neat dives." Sue Soltis grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons. Nothing Like a Puffin is her first picture book.

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My two year old loves this book.
Berlin Sally
A book that really encourages kids to think!
Bob
Beautifully illustrated, fun, and unique.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AnnieK on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I will admit to having a history of buying a book for its cover and this one does not disappoint. This is initially why I picked it up. As I read it I knew this would be a hit. My two sons love it for different reasons. My little one (3) loves the pictures and my 5 year old loves the art and the way this story allows him to interact with the text and the pictures. The bright colorful art is attention grabbing and the author clearly has a grasp of children who are at an age where things are black and white (no pun intended). I love the way it challenges children to think of things in new ways. At an age where flexibility is a four letter word, I advocate anything that helps my child think more creatively and outside the box. I do have to deal with constant interruptions while he makes his own observations about other ways a puffin is like other things in the book. If you want a sing-songy rhyming book that you can recite in your sleep...this ain't it. If you want a book that makes your child think and does so in language that makes sense to your 4-7 year old then put this one in your cart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jacksonblu on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have a ton of friends who have toddlers now and I never know what to get them. When I was asking around, a friend of mind recommended this book. Its a book that checks off all of the boxes that I was looking for: engaging colors, fresh images, and a writing that encourages kids to think creatively. I have had great feedback from my friends who I gave this to, so I think this going to be become one of my go-to gifts for while...or at least until Sue Soltis comes out with another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing like a puffin.
Or is there?
" A newspaper, to be sure, is nothing like a puffin.
A newspaper is shaped like a rectangle and made out of paper.
A newspaper has pages. It's black and white.
But wait---

A puffin is black and white, too!
What are the chances?

A newspaper is something like a puffin, after all."

A zany tale of the way we are all unique and all so much alike. Delightful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A book that really encourages kids to think! I love this book. Nothing's ever like a puffin... but wait.... And the artwork is beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I liked the compare and contrast game played in this book. It encourages children to look beyond their initial impressions to find similarities between things that seem incredibly different. While the book does this in a fairly silly way, I think that it could be built on... different people, a new hometown, a new school, etc.

And, if you like to really perform books when you read them, this one is great. You get to be emphatic and alarmed and cautious and all sorts of fun things.

The illustrations made me think of old cartoons in a way, even though they were digitally rendered. I think part of it is that they are flat and use wide swaths of color. And part of it is probably the limited color palette--red, blue, yellow, black, and white. And yet, the illustrations are full of life and character. They pop off the page.

Now that we're living Downeast, near Puffin nesting territory, I figured it would be fun to start teaching my daughter a little bit about them. (Especially because she keeps calling them penguins!)
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My two year old loves this book. He can't get enough. The pictures are vivid and the simple and silly story encourages the development of skills of comparison. A real winner. Bought it after checking it out from our local library. We've purchased as gifts for others too!
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