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Your Personal Penguin Board book – September 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761143726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761143727
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

I want to be your PERSONAL PENGUIN from now on!

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over forty children’s books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, is nearing Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.


More About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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So cute, and the downloadable song is great!
Christy J Sumner
He loves this book, and it is often the first one he asks to read before bed.
C. Lam
I got my 5 month old this book because I love penguins.
J. Glasser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chick436 on October 7, 2006
Format: Board book
This book has a gentler charm than many of Boynton's titles, but it contains all of the warm humor and originality we've come to expect from her work. It's the story of an earnest little penguin longing to be best buddies with a skeptical hippo. The interaction of words and pictures makes the relationship between these two quirky animals unique, lively, and touching. I wish I had a Personal Penguin who adored me like that! Boynton also deftly translates this story's appeal to music, and the book includes a free download of "Your Personal Penguin" the song, delightfully performed by Davy Jones (of "The Monkees.") If you like a sweet tale with subtle wit, you'll love Your Personal Penguin!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elisa M. Richardson on October 19, 2006
Format: Board book
I'm not sure if many know this, but there is actually a stuffed penguin specially made to go with this book. Our local bookstore had it- what a cute gift set for a child! I must admit I've not been a huge Sandra Boynton fan in the past, but this was so cute (love the penguin) that I bought some as Christmas gifts and a set for myself too! I also downloaded Davy Jones from the Workman site, and I'm sure my nieces will love it too! Cheers!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By antiomi on October 21, 2006
Format: Board book
This Boynton Book comes with access to a free mp3 of a companion song, sung by Davey Jones of the Monkees. The book (and the song) are simply about a penguin who wants to be best friends with a hippo. The illustrations are hilarious and the song is a lot of fun. The book as a stand alone doesn't seem all that interesting, but when you pair it with the song it is great! I have an 18 month-old who adores this book, but only when I sing it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KH on November 17, 2006
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I am not familiar with this authors books, but am always on the lookout for a new book for my granddaughter (11 months) She loves music so I new she would like this and she does. I did have a problem downloading the free music mp3. After you download the song you need to change the mpeg to mp3. Otherwise it thinks it is a movie clip and it is just the song. Always a fan of Davy, maybe I can start my granddaughter young!!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Gerry on July 7, 2011
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We bought this to complete our Boynton collection for our 2 year old, and she rarely asks to read it. It doesn't have the charm that her other books do. If you insist on completing a collection, then sure go ahead and pick it up. But if you have expectations that this book will be as engaging as Pajama Time, Barnyard Dance, or Hey Wake Up, then you will be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on June 24, 2008
Format: Board book
Basically, a short book about a penguin explaining his undying (kinda stalkerish, I must say) affection for a hippo.

Throughout the book, the hippo looks totally dumbstruck by all this attention.

If you're coming at it from a different angle, I guess it might be kinda creepy (the scene with the penguin shining a flashlight at the sleeping hippo comes to mind), but as my nieces know this is Not Really Appropriate Behaviour that just, to them, makes it funnier.

Found the song (downloadable... somewhere) to be a little uninspired though. *shrugs*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle W. on March 12, 2014
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My daughter and I both absolutely love this book. She's 20-months and chooses it almost every night before bed. She loves to listen and point out the cute characters.

If you buy this book, you should absolutely take the opportunity to download the song. It makes the book much more fun to read/sing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeySammy on December 19, 2010
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We love Sandra Boynton in this house. However, compared to her other books, I found the prose in this one to be a bit clunky. It is still a sweet book, and the illustrations are amusing (a penguin is determined to befriend a hippo who is very befuddled by the whole situation) but I think the fact that this appears to be written as a song hinders it as a book. I am not sure if the melody was written first, or the words, but it is a bit clunky to just read. Still a cute story and I am glad we have it.
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