Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Penguin by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)














We've been meaning to try and get hold of this book for what feels like forever. Penguin by Polly Dunbar instantly grabs your attention with its eye-catching cover, and once you start to delve into the story, you'll see why it's such a massive hit with parents and kids.

Telling the story of a young boy who gets a mysterious present through the post one morning, he unwraps the package to find a penguin.

A rather quiet penguin

A penguin that doesn't speak, doesn't move and - worst of all - doesn't play.

Despite the boy's frustrated attempts to get the penguin to join in, Penguin just sits quietly and stares. Even when the boy straps him to a rocket and fires him into space.

At the end of his tether, the boy realises that there's absolutely nothing else for it but to feed the penguin to a hungry lion...

What happens next? We're going to let you find out yourself as this book is a rare gem, one that has your child (and you) hooting out loud with laughter as the deadpan penguin - such a brilliant character - resists all attempts to get him to join in.

Well worth the wait! If you ever get the chance to check out Polly Dunbar's Long Nose Theatre Company productions of The Penguin or other plays, do so! If they're anything like the book, you'll be rolling in the aisles.

Charlotte's best bit: Can't spoil it for you but the 2nd to last page! Sheer brilliance

Daddy's favourite bit: Just love the deadpan penguin!

7 comments:

Alex Walsh said...

We've seen the Long Nose Theatre's presentation of Penguin. It was so good, I bought the CD. With the exception of the blasted into space bit being stretched out by some crappy aliens, it was completely awesome.

ReadItDaddy said...

It's definitely on the 'to do' list. We narrowly missed seeing it when it fetched up at our local Cornerstone Theatre but definitely sounds like my cup of tea. We have been after this book for ages, was nice to find it in the lib stacks, tis very popular (unsurprisingly!)

meyoucoffee said...

Loved this. Completely bonkers and well illustrated. Definitely one of those books that daddy enjoyed reading over and over whilst we had it from the library.

It's almost Boosh for babies :D

meyoucoffee said...

Loved this. Completely bonkers and well illustrated. Definitely one of those books that daddy enjoyed reading over and over whilst we had it from the library.

It's almost Boosh for babies :D

ReadItDaddy said...

Hahah that's the perfect description. Boosh for Babies. While we're on the subject, why on earth don't those guys do kids books! They'd be GREAT at it though we might end up with a whole generation of completely surreal children growing up.

Richy said...

So glad you've had a chance to read this - it's probably the favourite book of everyone in our house, which our very bruised and battered (but interestingly not torn) copy is testament to.

If I was only allowed to read one book to the girls for the rest of our days this would be it, and I say that having read it nightly for weeks at a time.

Sheer brilliance!

ReadItDaddy said...

Hear hear, it's fantastic!