Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith
Yes, National Penguin Awareness Day is coming up (January 20th) and what better way to celebrate than to understand what it’s like to be a penguin, straight from the penguin’s mouth? To hear the penguin narrator tell it, it’s no picnic being a penguin. First of all, imagine Antarctica–by the way it’s freezing cold! Not to mention, filled with scary predators for little penguins. And as readers can tell from the cover, penguins look pretty much alike–how hard do you think it is for mothers to find their own offspring in a big crowd? Never thought about that, did you? Well, this grumpy penguin narrator is here to tell it like it is to his human audience. The text is witty and fun: “Oh, great. An orca. Oh, great. A leopard seal. Oh, great. A shark. What is it with this place?” moans our little friend. Like other books by both author and illustrator, this one is downright hilarious–and imparts some helpful knowledge that helps readers appreciate the life of a penguin. A cute and funny book that will delight young readers–and the adults who share it with them.
And for more book suggestions, check out our blog post from World Penguin Day.