Tacky and the Emperor

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It’s common knowledge that Tacky was never the best-dressed penguin, but when he and his friends prepare for the arrival of the emperor, Tacky gets carried away and ends up in more than just elegant attire! Tacky brings his own unique brand of humor and entertainment to the emperor’s visit. Here is another wacky addition to Tacky’s myriad adventures in which friendship, kindness, and laughter always win out! Tacky fans will be carried to new heights of hilarity by this Tacky ...

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Overview

It’s common knowledge that Tacky was never the best-dressed penguin, but when he and his friends prepare for the arrival of the emperor, Tacky gets carried away and ends up in more than just elegant attire! Tacky brings his own unique brand of humor and entertainment to the emperor’s visit. Here is another wacky addition to Tacky’s myriad adventures in which friendship, kindness, and laughter always win out! Tacky fans will be carried to new heights of hilarity by this Tacky tale.

While awaiting a visit from the Emperor, a group of penguins fail to recognize their friend Tacky in the Emperor's clothes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"That prince among penguins returns," noted PW. "Here Tacky gets the royal treatment after he innocently tries on the emperor penguin's clothes and the emperor penguin gets a welcome break from pomp and ceremony." Ages 4-8. (Aug)
Kirkus Reviews
Tacky, the delightful penguin who marches (or is it waddles?) to a different drummer is back in another funny and charming tale-this time involving a royal visit from the emperor. When Tacky and his five iceberg-mates learn that the emperor is coming to visit, they enter into frenzied preparations. A feast of fish-flavored food is prepared, entertainment is rehearsed, and Tacky is put in charge of the balloons. But when he blows up a really big balloon, he takes an unplanned ride and ends up on a neighboring iceberg, which, unbeknownst to Tacky, is the emperor's home. Seeing a set of very fancy clothes lying unattended and unclaimed on the ice, he puts them on and waddles back to his own iceberg. To his amazement, his five friends make a huge fuss over him, plying him with food and making sure he's amused and happy. Although Tacky doesn't realize it, his friends have mistaken him for the emperor. When the real emperor arrives, the five others are mortified that there is nothing left with which to impress him, and are exasperated with Tacky. The emperor, who turns out to be sick to death of the stuffy and formal visits most of his subjects make him sit through, has a great time with Tacky and his improvisations. Instead of the fish-flavored food that the emperor is usually offered, they have snowball cones; instead of a boring dance recital, Tacky sings his favorite silly song; and they all (even his royal highness) tell penguin jokes. The watercolor illustrations are adorable and full of humor-note especially the fish-flavored ice cream, the emperor's twinkle-toed shoes, and the double-page spread on which the penguins learn about the mistake that's been made. Children will thinkthisbook is a riot and won't even realize that a message is being delivered-a charming one about the joys of non-conformity. (Picture book. 4-8)
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"Tacky, the delightful penguin who marches to a different drummer is back in another funny an charming tale. . . . Children will think this book is a riot and won’t even realize that a message is being delivered—a charming one about the joys of non-conformtiy."—Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews

"Lester and Munsinger have again succeeded in creating a delightful Antarctic-of-the-imagination."—Booklist Booklist, ALA

"As always, Munsinger’s ink and watercolor renditions of the birds exude personality, while Lester’s story packs the double whammy of high entertainment value with an easily digestible lesson."—Horn Book (Nov/Dec 2000) Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618260096
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Tacky the Penguin Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 118,542
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    Children fall in love with Tacky

    Tacky draws children in with the excellent story and the beautiful illustrations. They will ask you to read it again and again. What's even better is they receive an outstanding message, 'Tacky is an odd bird, but a great bird to have around,' as they enjoy one of their favorite stories.

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