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Penguin's Hidden Talent [Paperback]

Alex Latimer
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Book Description

29 Mar 2012

Penguin would love to take part in the BIG ANNUAL TALENT SHOW.

But he just can't seem to find his special talent. He tries magic tricks and juggling household appliances - even burping the alphabet... But nothing seems quite right.

Can his friends help him discover what he's really good at?

This is an even-funnier follow-up to the brilliant Boy Who Cried Ninja. Alex Latimer has created another beautiful, atmospheric world that you long to visit and return to.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055256267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552562676
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a picture book writer and illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. I stay in a quiet sea-side suburb only about forty minutes drive from the centre of the city. My first picture book The Boy Who Cried Ninja came out in 2011 and since then I've published my second picture book called Penguin's Hidden Talent and my third (Lion vs Rabbit) is due out early in 2013. I've also published a couple of books locally in South Africa - The South African Alphabet and From Aardvark to Zuma - both are collections of iconically South African people, places and animals.

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There aren't a huge number of words in Penguin's Hidden Talent picture book but the author, Alex Latimer, nevertheless manages to create a lovable anti-hero that we can all relate to, whatever our age!

The story is simple but gives a great life-lesson to young readers...It's a cute, fun book, ideal for readers of any age, that is guaranteed to make you go awwww !

" (Mad House Family Reviews)

"Warm and witty...Penguin's Hidden Talent highlights the importance of friendship, encouragement and individuality." (Booktrust)

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A clever, empowering story about finding out what your special skill is.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Proving that everyone has a talent 1 Aug 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
In a world where it seems that everyone has a talent and you don't it's always hard to help reassure your young reader that they have a gift that just hasn't flowered yet. This is where this book by Alex Latimer comes in, as it features a Penguin who can't do anything like his friends can and feels that he's a let-down.

Its quirky, it has bright images and the overall message within is a positive one that I absolutely loved. Add to this some charming characters, a wonderful story arc and all in the positive message will filter through to your young reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous story!! 17 Aug 2013
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Whilst working on a 'Britain's Got Talent' theme for school, this story links in perfectly. A very cute and well illustrated story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Story OK, pictures strange 28 April 2012
This appealed to my husband's quirky sense of humour, but unfortunately not mine. I don't particularly like the illustrations - most of the characters are drawn square or angular which makes them look strange. Whilst the basic moral of the story is OK - that everyone has a talent if you only look for it, and in this case penguin's is organising parties and shows, the method of delivery and execution left me unmoved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply adorable 18 Oct 2012
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on
Penguin's Hidden Talent is a lovely picture book that teaches a very sweet lesson. Penguin wants to be a part of the talent show, but he doesn't have a special talent. His friends try to help him out by suggesting their own talents such as burping the alphabet or swallowing a whole marlin. Eventually he gives up on a talent and decides to help organize the show instead. Who will win the show, and how important will Penguin's part be? Some talents can't be performed in a show.

I am in love with the illustrations of this book. They are adorably simple. The story is sweet, but it also has some good humor. I love the page where Rabbit tries to help Penguin find his talent. You have to read it to see what I mean. This book is a little long to do in a preschool storytime, but I think it would be perfect for Kindergarten or for a small group. I work in the children's department of a library, and I can think of a lot of young children to recommend this book to, as well as a few parents of not-so-young children. Parents and children will both appreciate this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful little book 25 Feb 2013
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the characters and pictures in this book are charming for both children and adults. Each page has delightful details. It teaches a lovely lesson while telling a good story every child can relate to in their lives without being preachy or in your face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Penguin's Hidden Talent 1 Jan 2013
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Penguin was just as excited as his friends about the Talent Show. All of his friends have a talent and are entering the Talent Show. Penguin thought and thought and could not come up with a talent. He discussed this with his friends and they tried to teach Penguin their talent but there was no use, Penguin in his opinion was untalented.

Penguin told his friends it was okay he would plan the Talent Show. He busied himself on the phone, making posters and many other things for the show.

His friends were amazed at the wonderful job Penguin did arranging everything. The Talent Show was a big success and his friends won many prizes. It made him sad that he had not been able to enter the Talent Show. His friends watched him leave and they felt so sorry for Penguin. They wondered what could they do to show their thanks for all the work he did to arrange the talent show. So they gave him a party which was the worst party anyone had ever arranged.

Surely Penguin had a talent. Do you think he was jealous of his friends talent? What do you think was Penguin's talent? What did he do for the Talent Show?

Be sure to grab a copy of this book and find out what was Penguin's talent.

The author points out that everyone has a talent only if they believe in themselves and are persistent in searching deep within for that hidden talent. I remember hearing my grandmother say, "An ear should not be jealous of the nose or a hand be jealous of the foot. They are all very important so when we say we are not as pretty or talented as someone else, we are very wrong because we are each important in many ways." This works both ways for you or someone else. We each have a purpose!

The illustrations depict the story of the characters and their surroundings. Way too cute! Many things for the child to find and point out and name with the encouragement of the story teller.

I recommend this book for children ages 4-8!

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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