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Penguin Hardcover – June 12, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
This won't surprise parents and other adult readers since he's a present in a box wrapped in polka dot paper. Ben, the recipient, rips off the paper, opens the box, and the action gets underway.
"Hello Penguin" says Ben.
That's when the problems start.
Penguin, who looks like a fat tuxedoed bowling pin with undersized feet and an oversized beak, doesn't respond.
Oh yeah. He also has a tail. It looks to be about the right size.
Ben tries just about everything (including trying to feed Penguin to a passing lion) in the effort to elicit a response from his new friend.
Finally, in sheer exasperation he shouts, "SAY SOMETHING!"
This is when things spin out of control.
Lion, who happens to be a shade of turquoise with a bright blue mane, is apparently startled by the loud noise and gobbles up Ben.
After this, Lion looks quite contented, but suddenly Penguin looks mad. He glares at Lion, and then, most unexpectedly, bites him on the nose, securing Ben's release.
This catharsis cures Penguin of his speech-impaired condition. He now waxes eloquent, in a rich and colorful pictorial language all his own.
Polly Dunbar has written a delightful and very satisfying book, clearly deserving of its status as 2007 Booktrust Early Years Awards Winner (Pre-School Category).
This is a wonderful book that will appeal not only to younger children who can't read, but to children who are just beginning to read. The book is very playful and imaginative with just the right word combination.
I love penguins and I loved this book and look forward to sharing it with children I know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The boys LOVE it. The only 'scary' part is when the lion comes in to play. But still they love the overall story and help with reading and try to retell it later.Published 4 months ago by L. Myers
Excelent and funny book for kids beetwen 1 and 5 year, more or less. One child find a penguin, who makes nothing untill...something happen.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased this for my daughter without reading it. She loves penguins. If I had read it first I *might* not have purchased it but my daughter really likes it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katie J. Summerford
This book "clicked" with my daughter, the toy collector. Being a grownup, it was a little harder for me to "get it" at first, but I finally did and highly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pam Anderson