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So, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun…the John Lewis Christmas Advert has been released! And I think this is the best yet. As you’ll all know I have a very severe crying problem and this just about broke me. Penguin love. Awww…
So, I figured the best way to deal with my emotional breakdown was to find some lovely penguin themed books to share with you. The John Lewis website are totally on the ball this year and have produced merchandise, apps, interactive stuff and a book of their own about Monty and Mabel, called Monty’s Christmas. (They also have some spectacularly expensive plush penguins which have sold out…although it seems you can buy them on ebay for the same price as a small country!)
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers never disappoints.This multi-award winning picture book has also been made into a stunning animation and is just so absolutely perfect in every way.
A boy answers his door bell to find a penguin. The boy decides the penguin is lost and that he will help him get home to the South Pole. Adventures ensue.
The illustrations are so beautifully understated and simple. The story filled with warmth and friendship. It’s superb.
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Another award winner, but a very different sort of penguin story. This Penguin is bright and animated and noisy with riotous colours and a slightly surreal (and perhaps shocking) ending. It is a huge amount of fun to read aloud and to animate with loads of opportunities to join in with actions. Penguin refuses to talk and Ben becomes more and more frustrated going to increasing lengths to get Penguin to say something. Very colourful and funny.
Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
Three cats are very hungry but instead of buying food they spend their money going to the cinema where they get the idea of kidnapping a penguin to do some fish stealing for them.
This is a total riot! Even the illustrations are gloriously mad. The cats are cunning, but the penguin is super cool and outwits them at every stage. Really, everyone should read this crime caper!
The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out by Jill Tomlinson
For slightly older children, this fabulous story by Jill Tomlinson is sure to be a winner. It’s part of her Favourite Animal Tales series of books which have been firm favourites since the 1960’s and include the classic, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Otto and his friends face danger and peril every day growing up as penguins.
This story has a lot of fascinating penguin facts merged with a heart-warming tale of friendship. A wonderful story that children will adore.
And pretty much that is where penguin tales end as far as I am aware. Beyond the age of about five, no one tells stories about penguins. There are a few fact books for children and they appear in guide books and photography books. But it seems penguins in books is reserved for the very small. All that may change though if the the reaction to the John Lewis advert has anything to do with it…it seems, everyone loves a penguin!