Penguin (book)

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Penguin
Penguin (Dunbar book).jpg
Author Polly Dunbar
Illustrator Polly Dunbar
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher Walker Books
Publication date
4 June 2007
Pages unpaginated (32)
ISBN 978-1-84428-065-0
OCLC 85691861

Penguin is a 2007 award winning children's picture book by Polly Dunbar. It is about a boy who receives a penguin as a present and how they interact.

Reception[edit]

Penguin has been favourably received with Kirkus Reviews writing "Visually, Ben’s contortions and Lion’s aplomb hearken back to early Sendak. While it’s at first unclear whether the immutable Penguin is a stuffed toy, a pet or something else entirely, kids will know—by story’s end at the very latest—that this bird’s a friend. An attractively designed, child-appealing package.".[1] Publishers Weekly found "Dunbar’s (Flyaway Katie ) winsome mixed media illustrations carry the day in a story that pulls a few punches on readers."[2] while Common Sense Media described it as a "Charming, whimsical boy-meets-bird tale."[3]

Awards[edit]

It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Silver Award,[4] the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Children[5] and a Booktrust Early Years Award.[6] It was also shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal,[7] and was selected by The Sunday Times as one of the best books of 2007 for children 0 to 3 year olds.[8]

Adaption[edit]

Penguin has been adapted for the stage, has played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival[9] and has received positive reviews.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penguin". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Penguin". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Penguin". www.commonsensemedia.org. Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Nestlé Children's Book Prize
  5. ^ Red House Children's Book Award
  6. ^ Booktrust Early Years Awards
  7. ^ The CILIP Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards
  8. ^ The Sunday Times best books of 2007: children from The Sunday Times
  9. ^ "Penguin brings interactive puppetry to the Fringe". www.edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. The List Ltd. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Long Nose Puppets present Penguin". www.dlwp.com. de la warr pavilion. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Laura Gooch (23 December 2014). "Penguin, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, until Sunday, January 4, call .....". The Argus. Retrieved 14 September 2015.