Penguin in Love: Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013)
Penguin in Love is the third in a series of picture books about Penguin and his discoveries. I want to love this book more than I do, but I just don’t get it. I don’t dislike it, but it doesn’t quite gel. However, it is beautifully illustrated and reminds me of Extra Yarn – which I also didn’t get, but which has won awards and praise so I think we’ll just ignore my opinion on books involving knitting as I’m obviously in the minority!
Penguin finds a mitten, and goes off to see who it belongs to. It doesn’t seem to belong to any of his friends and family, and he doesn’t seem to notice that it looks just like a bill-warmer so knits his own bill-warmer for a puffin, who then decides to find Penguin love. The puffins steal wool from Penguin and his friend Bootsy, they follow the trail knitting as they go and through the journey fall in love.
At least, I think that was what the story was about. There’s lots of knitting. The pictures are lovely. The wool never seems to run out. DG enjoyed the story, and I think it’s very sweet even if I don’t get it!
Suitable for toddlers, pre-schoolers and up, and will probably be enjoyed by anyone who likes penguins, snow, knitting, and warm-hearted stories. Perfect for Valentines of any age.
Disclosure: Received for review from Bloomsbury Children’s Books.