Little Penguin has problems: his beak is cold; there’s snow everywhere; the water smells salty; he waddles; he looks the same as everybody else. No – it’s not easy being a penguin!
In this hilarious first collaboration from Jory John and the multi-award winning 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? A feel-good read-aloud for readers of all ages, and the perfect Christmas gift.
About the Author
- A Christmas gift purchase for picture book readers young and old
- Jory John and Lane Smith depict "one of those days" so honestly ... this book is sure to tickle all funny bones and elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud, too!
- Lane Smith has won a number of prestigious picture book prizes. Notably, he was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum
Jory John is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You!
and Quit Calling Me a Monster!,
both illustrated by Bob Shea, and Goodnight Already!
and I Love You Already!,
illustrated by Benji Davies. He is the co-author of the New York Times
bestselling novel, The Terrible Two
, and the bestseller All My Friends Are Dead
, among many other books. He lives in San Francisco, USA.
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a number of novels and picture books for children, including two Caldecott Honor titles, Grandpa Green
and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories
. He was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum. He lives with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, in Connecticut, USA.
"Quirky and funny, and with a memorable message, this picture book is amusingly different." * Carousel *
A small philosophy manual for readers of all ages is provided by the wonderfully original Penguin Problems [...] Lane Smith makes his penguins look like worried clones, which adds to the humour of the whole. * Observer *
"Lane Smith's stylish illustrations brilliantly capture universal emotions of loneliness, isolation and the widespread feeling of being `different'." * Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading *
"What a frostily fantastic book. A philosophical gem" * My Book Corner blog *