A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a cute story that is meant to be light and silly. However, the little boy gets eaten by a blue lion and then is rescued by the nose-biting penguin.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will love the silliness of this story in much the same way as they love the Pigeon books. The penguin has character, and his stubbornness almost unhinges Ben. In the end, it takes a pretty drastic move to break the ice and start the two toward an understanding friendship. Kids will love that too.
Polly Dunbar's multimedia illustrations are cute, simple, and uncluttered. With whimsical flair, her lines perfectly express both Ben's changing moods and the penguin's bemused silence. Nothing extra is included in this story of the chubby-cheeked, pajama-clad boy and his developing relationship with the very quiet penguin. Kids will enjoy its playful tone; adults will love its charm.
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