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- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (September 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763649724
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763649722
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.17 x 10.25 inches
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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).
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