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My Penguin Osbert in Love Hardcover – December 8, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Joe and his endearing pet, introduced in My Penguin Osbert (Candlewick, 2004), take a trip to the South Pole to attend a party to celebrate a display of the southern lights. Joe packs Osbert and his 20+ friends into the helicopter he received from Santa ("I had a little trouble getting everybody into their seat belts, but we managed to take off before noon"). The story bogs down with too many disparate elements, including a couple of superfluous landings and Joe and the penguins twice standing in line to use a restroom, rather than focusing on Osbert falling in love with Aurora Australis. There are some touches of humor: a comment that Joe is not sure that the penguins he returns with were the same ones he brought, but the first book had more humor and child appeal. The colorful and softly muted illustrations created using watercolor, pastel, and digital art depict a fluidly expressive Joe and the personable penguins sneaking upstairs, checking out a globe, landing at the South Pole, one penguin wearing earphones and holding guiding lights, and the magnificence of the southern lights.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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In this sequel to My Penguin Osbert (2004), Osbert asks Joe to take him to the South Pole and Joe obliges, flying down in his little helicopter. When they land in Antarctica, they watch the southern lights. It’s love at first sight for Osbert and Aurora, who joins them for the return flight. The plot alone cannot convey the charm of this lovable picture book. Joe’s understated first-person narrative is childlike, yet wonderfully evocative, with sentences such as “She smelled like seaweed, but in a nice way.” The well-composed artwork glows with color and warmth. A winner for winter storytimes. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630324
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 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: #2,202,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Kimmel Willard, the pen name for Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, is a lifetime Little House enthusiast. She is the author of many books for children, including the Lily B. series. She lives in Cold Spring, New York, with her husband and their daughter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By McClean on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My five year old got a gift certificate for his birthday and - being rather fond of the penguins - picked out this gift box for himself. My first thought was, "Great! Another penguin." but then when we curled up together to read the story, I was quite delighted with his choice, and so was he. The illustrations are very good, the layout reveals the story very cleverly and, for a wonderful change, the story is more than just a trite collection of cliche and aphorism. Highly recommended for any young child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
MY PENGUIN OSBERT IN LOVE is the sequel to author Kimmel's MY PENGUIN OSBERT. Osbert lives in a zoo now and his former owner, Joe, now flies helicopters. A day or so before February 14th, Osbert shows up at Joe's house with several of his penguin friends. Osbert and his friends have escaped from the zoo because they have received an invitation from Aurora Australis, the President of the Penguin Life Society, to come to the South Pole and view the southern lights on February 14th. Osbert is Joe's friend and wants to help, but his mother's Mid-Winter bash is the same day. What's a boy with a penguin for a friend to do? Fly his helicopter to the South Pole, of course! Since Joe can fly he figures they can take the trip and get back in time for his Mom's big bash. But when Joe and the penguins get to the South Pole, Osbert falls in love and Joe starts to freeze. The warm illustrations are quite colorful and do a good job of accompanying the text and providing younger readers with a visual element to what is happening. Overall a rather short, but charming story that young penguin lovers and lovers of penguins are sure to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My Penguin Osbert in Love is a whimsical, larger-than-life picturebook about a young boy who goes on a transcontinental adventure with his former pet penguin, Osbert. Osbert can't fly and needs help to get to the South Pole for a midwinter bash, so the boy flies Osbert and his many penguin friends down there in a helicopter (a very useful gift from Santa)! At the South Pole, Osbert meets a beautiful female penguin and falls in love, while the boy gets to view spectacular southern lights. At last it's time for everyone to go home. An implausible yet heartwarming and charming story, My Penguin Osbert in Love a simple pleasure, particularly recommended for young penguin fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mindy K. Hanson on May 27, 2008
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Our three year old LOVES this story. Although we bought it thinking it would be a Christmas time book it is now May and we are still reading it. Hoping for more from this fantastic children's author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Harlow on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The story is perfect for Christmas. The stuffed penguin is just like the one in the book. We were very pleased.
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We loved the first Osbert book so much, we were thrilled to have another adventure. This one did seem to lack some of the whittiness that we loved in the first book. We do love how it picks up after the following Christmas. The book is well illustrated. A cute simple story. A good length for a bedtime story with a cute penguin and his loyal friend. We would love to see more Osbert stories!
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