A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Shhhhhh ... Chongo Chingi is sleeping. But even when sleeping, a penguin keeps thinking. Chongo Chingi soars through the air, meeting odd characters and experiencing brief adventures, until his alarm clock pulls him back to earth. The simple story and digital art is pleasing to children.
Is it any good?
Because PENGUIN DREAMS is all about the amazing things that may happen in our minds when we go to sleep, it makes a good bedtime story. One 4-year old chants "Chingi-chingi!" from her bed every night until the book is read, and insists on examining each page, rediscovering all the balloons, canaries, little girls, and countless other details.
At times the narrative is disjointed, taking away from its soothing appeal. Also, the illustrations are computer generated, highly stylized, and cold in tone; some young ones warm up to them, and some don't.