Have you ever thought: I have so many problems and nobody even cares? Well, penguins have problems too! Discover them in this hilarious collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster!) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales)!
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
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
JORY JOHN is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You!, Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already!. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. He is also the editor of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. For six years, Jory taught writing at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco.
LANE SMITH has written and illustrated a number of novels and picture books for children, including two Caldecott Honor titles and four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards. He was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum. He lives with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, in rural Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My six-year-old loves it! I found myself laughing at the pengiun's problems and funny attitude. It gave us a good opportunity to talk about what's worth complaining about, what's not, and how to enjoy the little things.
Penguin Problems is an interesting short children’s book. It is A4 in size and filled to the brim with mainly black, white and orange illustrations that have a matt hand-drawn look to them. The text is orange too, and there aren’t too many words on each page, meaning it wouldn’t be overbearing for a child learning to read. The story is about a penguin who really doesn’t like being one. The place is too cold, there are lots of creatures in the ocean trying to eat him, everyone looks the same, and on and on he goes. One day he meets a walrus who tries to teach him to be appreciative of his situation and surroundings, but will he listen? This is a lovely little book which is fun to read. It is imaginative, cleverly written and it will make children giggle at the grumpy little penguin and his ‘problems’. The illustrations also capture the penguins expressions perfectly. This is a great book that will make a child smile. It would also be perfect for a gift for a young child too (especially with Christmas arriving soon).
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Penguin Problems by Jory John & Lane Smith Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like—and it isn’t all fun and games. Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they? Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. 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. . . . What I Liked: Maybe I'm an odd duck (or... penguin?) but I love picture books! They are so cute and funny, and wonderfully uplifting. This book spoke to me, which I thought was amazing. The fact that a message for a small child could also be applicable to a twenty-one-year-old, or adults in general, is amazing. In this book, an adorable penguin has so many complaints and problems, and it seems like no one is listening. Life is hard, and it feels like he is shouting into the void. Will things start to look up for the penguin? This review is going to be fairly short, and hey, the book is only thirty-two pages. I loved the story, as short as it was. It is rather dense if you read between the lines. For a kid, it might seem like a funny story about a penguin who has a lot of complaints (some silly, some exaggerated), but for an adult... it represents the real world, and real life. There are so many things that all of us could complain about, and it seems like no one is listening. The ending is very interesting. A walrus approaches our grumpy penguin and talks to him. You'll have to read it to know what I mean. But the messages in this book are so powerful, for children and for adults alike. You know Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss, a children's book that has a lot of attention in the adult world? I personally think Penguin Problems should be right up there with Oh, The Places You'll Go!. One final note - the illustrations are amazing! I love the style. Seriously, there should be a Penguin Problems coloring book with this novel! What I Did Not Like: Nothing here! This book was great. Would I Recommend It: I highly recommend this book, for little kids or for adults (or both). Sometimes we adults can learn a lot from kids, and from kids' books. I am definitely going to share this one with my little cousins! Rating: 4 stars. This book is cute and funny but it is also so meaningful and important.