Penguin in Love


When Penguin finds a lost mitten on the ice one day, he wonders who it belongs to—after all, every mitten has a mate! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love in its many forms, reminding us that the greatest adventure begins when you find your other half.

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When Penguin finds a lost mitten on the ice one day, he wonders who it belongs to—after all, every mitten has a mate! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love in its many forms, reminding us that the greatest adventure begins when you find your other half.

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Publishers Weekly
In this companion to Penguin and Pinecone and Penguin on Vacation, Penguin spies a lonely mitten that someone dropped on the ground while he’s out “looking for love” in the ice and snow. Abandoning his first mission, he decides to track down the owner of the mitten. He discovers a knack for knitting cold-weather accessories for his chilly animal friends in the process, which leads to finding his “perfect match” (penguin Bootsy, who is also an avid knitter). Yoon’s thickly outlined illustrations of chubby animals pair comfortably with the simple text, which builds to a cozy and comical conclusion to Penguin’s search for a companion. Ages 3–6. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Penguin is back and this time he is looking for love. What does he spy with his telescope? A solitary mitten. Penguin decides to put his quest for love on hold and unravel the mystery of the mitten's owner. Grandpa tells Penguin he wears hats, not mittens. Penguin's friends are missing other things—a bead, a slipper, and the sun—but not a mitten. His friend Bootsy is knitting snout cozies for seals. So Penguin decides to knit too—a mate for the mitten. But when two lovebird puffin's spot this they ask him if he is making cozies for their bills. It turns out the lost mitten is actually a lost bill cozy. The lovebird puffins decide to find Penguin his own perfect match. These clever birds steal both Penguin and Bootsy's yarn. Bootsy and Penguin set off searching together for their yarn. The yarn trail (with twisted hearts in it) has them visiting friends and knitting as they go along. Yoon perfectly mixes full spreads, large framed drawings, and multiple small vignettes, to capture the movement of Penguin's world and his journey to love. Her digital art uses thick, black outlines and bright colors against cool backgrounds. When the two penguins finally get together, after a long exciting journey, they declare that love was a big adventure. The cold-weather love story is a perfect read-aloud, especially for Valentine's Day. This is the third "Penguin" book. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Penguin finds another penguin to love when he comes upon a purple and green knitted mitten in the snow and searches for its owner. In her third "Penguin" picture book, Yoon's characteristic, digitally created artwork employs a simple, colorful design with figures outlined in thick black lines, making them clearly visible during storytimes. Yarn swirls around the pages and endpapers, creating hearts and spelling Penguin's friend Bootsy's name when a blizzard temporarily separates the pair. The spread picturing the storm will mesmerize readers as they gaze at the minuscule dots of snow. Purchase where the previous books have a following.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Little does Penguin know that a couple of matchmaking puffins have hatched a plan to aid him in finding love in this third adventure (Penguin on Vacation, 2013). Yoon executes yet another warm tale pairing an engaging narrative for young readers with illustrations in saturated hues that pop with bright colors against the cool backgrounds. "One day Penguin was looking for love. / Instead, he found… // a mitten." After a fruitless search to find its owner, he decides to get out some yarn and knit a mate. Elsewhere, his friend Bootsy is also knitting. Readers will recognize that what Bootsy is calling a "snout cozy" resembles Penguin's mitten. Two sharp-eyed puffins make the same observation and decide to play matchmaker by stealing the penguins' yarn and laying a trail for them to "unravel…together." As they follow yarn trails with heart-shaped curlicues, they knit for warmth, fun, comfort and their friends until a blizzard separates them. They travel back, following their respective trails of yarn; a double-page spread shows them on opposite sides of the same very tall mountain (having knit cozies and scarves for lesser peaks along the way). When they reach the top, they realize they "had pulled right into each other's hearts." Readers will respond to this warm tale of finding love. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
“Yoon’s cute, boldly lined characters and graphic compositions tell the story in a series of spots, full-page images, and thought bubbles. This picture book, like many before it, proves that love comes in many forms.” —Booklist, on Penguin and Pinecone

“Crisp illustrations that capture a genuinely loving heart . . . a strong if whimsical choice for those separated from loved ones.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Penguin and Pinecone

“This delightful companion to Penguin and Pinecone (2012) presents another parable of friendship, this time with an exotic tropical crab. With her signature thick lines, pure colors and scratchy textures, Yoon creates a beach backdrop to showcase Penguin’s tender personality. Lesson learned: The magic of friendship does not depend on where you are or what you are doing—it is about being together and learning from each other.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Penguin on Vacation

“Yoon’s story of an unlikely interspecies friendship is both funny and sweet.” —Horn Book, on Penguin on Vacation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802736000
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 318,093
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Salina Yoon studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She never planned on writing books, but her illustrations demanded it. The need for words outweighed her fear of writing. Salina is an award-winning author/illustrator of more than 100 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, and Found!. She lives in San Diego with her family. •

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