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Penguin Problems (Animal Problems) by [Jory John, Lane Smith]

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Editorial Reviews


"Well-paced, bursting with humor, and charmingly misanthropic."— Kirkus Reviews starred review

"The temperature may be below freezing, but the snark level is cranked up high
in this collaboration between funnymen John and Smith."— Horn Book starred review

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—It's not easy being a penguin. As a world-weary avian narrator points out, there's plenty that can (and does) go wrong: "My beak is cold." "It snowed some more last night, and I don't even like the snow." "The ocean smells too salty today." An even chillier fishing expedition does not improve his demeanor: "Oh, great. An orca. Oh, great. A leopard seal. Oh, great. A shark. What is it with this place?" Smith's sponge-textured illustrations expand upon the text's downbeat doldrums with visual humor and delightfully deadpan facial expressions. Still hungry, the penguin pulls out of the water just before being gulped down by the bigger seal (which is about to be consumed by the even larger shark, about to be swallowed by the huge orca). His melancholy monologue continues until a stately walrus catches his attention and delivers a wise (and lengthy and slightly bombastic) oration about appreciating the good things in life. Grudgingly, Penguin embraces a new perspective. He sits on a pristine peak, gazes at gracefully falling flurries, and muses, "Maybe things will work out, after all"—or not (the page turn reveals that the gentle snowflakes have turned into a full-fledged storm and Penguin has resumed his grousing). This sublime pairing of author and artist results in a rib-tickling exploration of what it means to look at the unsunny side. VERDICT Share this book with Claire Messer's Grumpy Pants for a storytime starring persnickety penguins.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : September 27, 2016
  • File Size : 30831 KB
  • Print Length : 32 pages
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2016)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 321 ratings