PreS-Gr 2-Hip, hip hooray! Tacky's back, along with his proper penguin pals, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect. They are in school now, and, as usual, Tacky has his own way of doing things. When the friends enter the great Penguin Cheering Contest, the main concern is whether Tacky can get the cheer right. He handles the situation in his own unique style and once again proves that although he's ``an odd bird,'' he's certainly ``a nice bird to have around.'' Although there is a touch of predictability to the story for those already familiar with previous stories, this one is a smooth, fun read. Munsinger's full-color illustrations are charming and subtle. The penguins wear sweaters and caps; Tacky wears his over a Hawaiian shirt, and his cap is askew. One minor reservation-two of the judges of the contest are a walrus and a polar bear. But if readers can believe in cheerleading penguins, then they'll believe that these judges are special guests imported from the Arctic. Tacky's fans will flip for this title.- Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Popular author/artist duo Lester and Munsinger have brought Tacky the Penguin back to deliver more laughs, as the quirky fellow enters a cheerleading competition with his friends Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect. Munsinger's slyly humorous watercolors document the squad practicing, and as one would expect, there are many memorable moments during which Tacky proves himself to be the weak link. The promise of shiny blue bow ties to the winners, however, keeps the team together. Lester's clever writing and the slapstick humor of the story make this a funny, funny picture book, but the reader gets the added benefit of entering an icy, wonderful world, where penguins give each other "high flippers" and where a group of friends can imagine a goal, work towards it, support each other in the process, and celebrate someone else's victory.
"Hip, hip hooray! Tacky's back, along with his proper penguin pals . . . Tacky fans will flip for this title." School Library Journal