Picture Book Review and Giveaway: Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion


Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion
Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins?

One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on!

At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s together time that’s best of all.

Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones.

Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Philomel (December 6, 2012)

My Thoughts:
Cutest illustrations EVER!

I can’t get over how adorable this book is.  I absolutely love Melissa Guion’s artwork.  It is so simple, stylized, and 100% sweet.  The pencil drawing and watercolor artwork is what really makes this book shine.  I am always extremely happy to see great artwork in a picture book.  It makes the reading experience that much richer and more enjoyable.

My children love penguins, so this was a really fun book for them to read.  They laughed when a baby penguin came of out of the hat, and enjoyed counting how many penguins were on each page.

The story is a sweet simile to family life.  The mama penguin loves all her new babies, but is exhausted and needs just a minute to herself.  How true this is!  While having children is rewarding and wonderful, it is hard work.  Sometimes a mommy just needs a little down time before she is ready to jump back into the fray.

I only had two complaints about the book.  One was the overuse of ellipses.  I felt like most of those could have been done away with and made into shorter sentences.  The other complaint is the very last sentence which is kind of awkward to read.  Other than that, I loved the book!

About the Author/Illustrator:

Melissa Guion grew up in West Caldwell, NJ, and Baltimore, MD.
Melissa has been a dishwasher, a photographer, a Macy’s sales clerk, and a Vice President. She was once paid $10 to remove a dead possum from the garage of a United States Supreme Court nominee. She is relieved to now be an author/illustrator.
Her debut picture book Baby Penguins Everywhere! (Philomel) was selected for the 2012 Original Art by the Society of Illustrators.

Philomel Publishing is giving away a printed copy of Baby Penguins Everywhere to one lucky winner!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    February 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Adorable <3 Ever since I first saw Happy Feet I can't get enough of penguins. Hmm… I've only read one picture book where the last sentence doesn't sound right so it kind of changed my view of the book a little but this book still looks great (:

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    Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews
    February 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This book looks adorable! Who doesn't love baby penguins?
    Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    February 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I'm so happy you entered this link into the blog hop! The book looks adorable 🙂 Hope to see you again next time!

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    February 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 this does look like a very cute book!

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    Renee C.
    February 13, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I don't think you can really go wrong with penguins! lol This book looks adorable. I won't enter the giveaway because while the book looks totally adorable, my children are older – I'm sure it would be a better fit for other entrants. I'll tweet about it though! 😀

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    February 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Oh, Penguins! This is my daughter's favorite! Sound interesting, and looks totally fun!

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