From Publishers Weekly
Originally written more than 25 years ago, Jaques's Lear-like limerick makes a virtue of simplicity, affectingly conveying its message in just a few lines. Living on an island surrounded by fish, a solitary Puffin ("Just the shape of a muffin") is pining away for want of a pal-"So he sat on his island,/ And he cried for a while, and/ He felt very lonely,/ And he felt very small." But the fish have the answer ("You can have us for playmates/ Instead of for tea!"), and now the Puffin subsists on a landlubber's diet-with company at every meal. Kvasnosky's (Pink, Red, Blue-What Are You?) full-spread illustrations-rendered as crisply outlined swaths of clear, bright colors-add personality and pizazz. Her carefully composed pictures match the poem's forthright tone; together, text and art relay a beguiling tale of friendship found in unexpected form. Ages 2-4.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Jaques's popular nonsense rhyme tells the story of a lonely puffin shaped like a muffin, who has no one "To/play/with/at all." The fishes on which he usually dines suggest that he could play with them instead, and in the end, they all get along quite nicely, spending time together and eating pancakes. Halpern's simple, boldly outlined pictures are more imaginative and appealing than those in the version illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky (Dutton, 1995; o.p.). Children will enjoy watching the puffin playing croquet, building a snowman, and sharing a feast with his newfound friends. Libraries not owning the earlier book, or those in need of a replacement, may want to consider purchasing the newer title.Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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