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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books (3 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406312460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406312461
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 0.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Polly Dunbar graduated from Brighton Art School in 1999 where she studied illustration. Polly still lives and works in Brighton. Author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie. Polly is the daughter of the distinguished author Joyce Dunbar who she collaborated with on the picture book Shoe Baby. She is the illustrator of My Dad's a Birdman and The boy who climbed into the Moon, both written by David Almond. Polly also illustrated Here's a Little Poem, an anthology of poems for very young children. Her best selling book Penguin won the Nestle Silver award 2007, The Book trust early Years award 2007, The Red house award 2008 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly is the author and illustrator of Tilly and Friends, a humorous and colourful series of six books following the escapades of a little girl and her animal friends who all live together in a little yellow house.
Polly is the co-founder of Long Nose puppets, an award winning puppet company, they have made successful adaptations of the books Shoe Baby, Fly Away Katie and Penguin. Long Nose Puppets are currently touring the UK.

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"This is a warm and charming story told without the cloying sentimentality that can mar books for this age group... Dunbar's characterisation is a treat." The Bookseller"

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Can a penguin be the perfect present? Find out in this modern classic from acclaimed picture book creator Polly Dunbar.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sukyrogers on 14 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book in the Tate Modern Shop, and each little illustration is a mini work of art. It is beautifully illustrated and a joy to read (and re-read) and all three of my children love it, even the eldest and he's 7!! It particularly appeals to my 2 year old. I've bought 2 more copies to give to friends this Christmas. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 9 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book, all the better for its simplicity and minimalism. A little boy gets a penguin for his birthday and tries all sorts to provoke a reaction from it, but to no avail. Penguin remains silent. Then the boy gets a lion, and it is the lion that finally causes the penguin to react, with a smashing double page finale. The simple strong pictures make for great fun for 2-5 (and their parents).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Hardway on 11 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Our daughter adores penguins, so I had to read it when I found it on the shelf. I have never laughed out loud in a store choosing a book, but there's always a first time and this was it!
We gave it to our five year old this morning, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all from five to forty, with a nine and eleven year old in the middle.
A new bookshelf favourite, we love it! Goes right up there with 'Monkey See, Monkey Do'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bellaumyum on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this up in our local library for my 2 yr old daughter and 4yr old son. I haven't enjoyed reading their bedtime story as much in ages! I still laugh out loud and the surprising turn of events. The simple story and repition not only enables child participation in terms of the text but also provides hints for some very funny behaviour - my 2yr old can pull a really very funny face, at the right place, does an amazing 'I'm ignorining you with my arms crossed' and her dizzy dance is really a sight to behold! And the sight of both of them imitating penguin... what can I say - the true joy of childhood! I'm on my way to place an order for my own copy now as I think the library might want theirs back at some point - and I've lost count of the times I've recommeneded this to parents of pre-schoolers. A modern classic that stands up beside the likes of 'Going on a bear hunt' and 'The tiger who came to tea'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By struts on 7 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this on the strength of its nomination for the 2007 Booktrust Early Years Award for Pre-school children (which it subsequent won), however awards have proven to be unreliable indicators of what my own 'critics' will think. In this case though it was spot-on; this book has become an instant hit with both Alice (4) and Louise (nearly 2).

The two words that come to mind are 'simple' and 'straightforward' and these apply to just about every aspect of the book from the plot and the lovely illustrations to the text. The use of language that is readily accessible to young children coupled with plenty of repetition lets them participate to the full, and the author has also deftly woven in some nice opportunities for amateur dramatics by the adult readers - Alice seems to approve of my choice of "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" from The Mikado as Ben's 'silly song'.

What I think makes this book special however is the amount of wit and humour that has been packed into this deceptively simple framework. Alice and Louise both now start gurgling with laughter even before we have turned to the first page. What better recommendation could one ask for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Racheylou on 2 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
My son received this book as a present when he was 8 months old. It immediately became his favourite book. I'm not sure how much he understands but Polly Dunbar and the illustrator have got something right. He makes a roaring noise when we come to the page with the lion and laughs on the page when Ben cries through frustration. Compared to some other children's books, it's also quite fun to read as an adult! We have bought other Polly Dunbar books following this book's success (Flywaway Katie and Dog Blue). I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Griffiths VINE VOICE on 7 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this and fortunately so did my 1 year old granddaughter - her brother aged 3 liked it as well-Phew!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Reed on 26 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We bought this for our 2.5 year old, who loved this book. And the DVD really helps him to remember the story too. We have since bought about 8 other walker books, but this and some dogs do remain the favourites.
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