Penguin (book)

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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.


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]


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]


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


  1. ^ "Penguin". Kirkus Media LLC. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Penguin". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Penguin". 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". The List Ltd. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Long Nose Puppets present Penguin". 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.