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Penguin Problems

Jory John Lane Smith


Walker Books

Children's & Educational;
Picture storybooks


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is one of those children's books that adults will enjoy on a different level. It starts from the description on the front fold of the dust-jacket, as a penguin harangues the reader who has picked up the book. He has a lot on his mind - what wih the cold, the squawking, the snow, the brightness, the lack of fish, his self-image, the sameness - on and on he goes! Until a well-meaning walrus offers some sage words of advice, and maybe, just maybe the penguin will see that his problems are rather minor. Or will he... Delightfully expressive illustrations and witty text - what more could a reader want! Lindy Jones


In this hilarious first collaboration from Jory John and Lane Smith, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like... and it isn't all fun and games! Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it's a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in a big crowd of identical penguins? This book is sure to tickle all funny bones, and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud, too!

By:   Jory John
Illustrated by:   Lane Smith
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 285mm,  Width: 225mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   432g
ISBN:   9781406375992
ISBN 10:   1406375993
Publication Date:   November 2016
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

This book exudes humour both verbal and visual but put together the result is sheer gigglesome comedic delight at every turn of the page. Red Reading Hub Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There's too much snow, it's too cold, the sea has too many dangerous creatures in it, everyone looks the same. In fact, there seems to be no end to the problems facing a young penguin! But all is not as completely hopeless it seems. A wise walrus offers good advice and Penguin begins to feel that the world is not quite as hopeless as he had thought. Lane Smith's stylish illustrations brilliantly capture universal emotions of loneliness, isolation and the widespread feeling of being 'different'. Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016, LoveReading [...] may well appeal to young adults more than it does to junior infants but is fiendishly cute all the same. The Irish Times [...] hilarious [...] an Antarctic take on A Christmas Carol featuring a dissatisfied penguin and a wise walrus who sets him right. Evening Standard A sweet and tongue-in-cheek story about remembering all the good things in our lives and trying not to worry too much, this stylish picture book has a Jon Klassen feel to its language and a positive message for little worriers. BookTrust

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