Penguin Problems


‘Penguin Problems‘ are many. Have you been to Antarctica? It’s cold. There’s a salty sea. There are predators. Penguins can’t fly but waddle awkwardly. ‘Penguin Problems‘ abound.

Yet, there’s someone about who might see things differently, who could offer a word of advice. ‘Penguin Problems‘ might not seem so bad?

Penguin Problems’ is a witty, considered title, ideal for readers of all ages. Its philosophy and the b(l)eak characterisation are very funny. There’s a (salty) sniff of A.A. Milne’s Eeyore in Penguin. Jory John’s tongue in cheek, character led text amid the rich shapes and story enriched Lane Smith settings makes ‘Penguin Problems‘ a walrus wonderful title!


Penguin Problems

Jory John & Lane Smith

(Walker Books)

Penguin Problems’ include the snow and the salty sea. There’s wishing you could fly, or even waddle in a dignified way. What can be done? Maybe there’s someone about to address ‘Penguin Problems‘? Furthermore, maybe that somebody could offer a broad view of the situation. Might it cause the complainer to assess his situation and realise somebody else might be worse off? Or possibly, it could create an option to look about and seek a way of saving face and moving (waddling) forward?
It seems as though there’s a broad sweep of considerations such as we’re familiar with from Giraffe Problems. Somehow, the situation, though recognisable as a penguin dilemma, may be equally familiar to the human population. Furthermore, Bookwagon loves the humour, style, construction, illustration and language. Finally, this is perfect picture book storytelling to be appreciated and shared.


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