This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. Read more...
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This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol' crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.
Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we've just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .
This book is sure to tickle kids' funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.
"We are all Mortimer the main character in Penguin Problems]." --The New York Times
"Bursting with humor." --Kirkus Reviews
"The snark level is cranked up high." --The Horn Book, Starred
"Will be right at home with fans of Jon Klassen's This Is Not My Hat." --Booklist
"Classic comedy." --Publishers Weekly
"Rib-tickling." --School Library Journal
- ISBN-13: 9780553513370
- ISBN-10: 0553513370
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-7
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Being a penguin is no day at the park: “It’s way too early. My beak is cold. What’s with all the squawking, you guys?” John’s bumbling, bleary-eyed penguin has a hard time on land, and the ocean depths are even worse: “Oh, great. A leopard seal. Oh, great. A shark.... What is it with this place?” Then there’s the matter of parents: “Mom?” the penguin asks another penguin near a crowd of look-alike penguins. “I literally have no idea who you are,” the other penguin replies. Just when things look hopeless, a passing walrus offers a comforting (if long-winded) sermon, and the penguin gets a moment of respite from his angst. John (I Love You Already) delivers a rat-a-tat series of laughs, and Smith’s (There Is a Tribe of Kids) mottled, minimalist polar landscapes highlight the penguin’s awkward moments. His story is classic comedy, an examination of the delicate balancing act between total despair (“I have so many problems! And nobody even cares!” the penguin cries) and the resolve to stumble on. Ages 3–7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)