I was kindly sent a free copy of this book by the publisher Walker Books for a review. It’s a lovely children’s picture book, with some lovely illustrations, here is my review.
Far away in the South, a penguin was born, but he wasn’t like the other penguins. He was a blue penguin. But because he was blue, all the other penguins left him alone.
This is a lovely tale all about the sweet little Blue Penguin who was lonely. The story follows Blue Penguin and is rather sweet. At first poor Blue Penguin is lonely and starts to sing a song, hoping to be taken away from his lonely home. As expected the tale, though short, soon becomes a happier one when Blue Penguin meets a friend. I don’t want to say too much more for fear of spoiling the story but it is of course a happy ending for a children’s book.
The book is a little wider and shorter than A4 with thick glossy papers with some sweet images. The illustrations in this book are lovely. They are very unique (though I do recognise the author/illustrator as having illustrated A First Book of Animals)The images look a little like a collage of different prints with really lovely images of the penguins. I love the emotions that are visible on the penguins faces.
The story is short and sweet and holds a lovely message of friendship beyond colour, however I felt the ending was a bit quick and I would have liked more to happen with the whale. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but there was something about this tale that just felt lacking at the end, though I’m really not sure what it is. But still a great picture book to read this winter.
A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. “I feel just like a penguin,” says Blue Penguin. “But you’re not like us,” said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as “the thinking tot’s Eric Carle”.