Chapter Book Review: Penguin Pandemonium: Little Birds, Big Dreams


Penguin Pandemonium: Little Birds, Big Dreams by Jeanne Willis

Age Range: 7 – 12 years

Grade Level: 2 – 7

Series: Awesome Animals

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)

Language: English

Genre: Animals

Source: Won

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

An unforgettably funny,
animal adventure story about a little bird with big dreams from
award-winning author Jeanne Willis. One of the fantastic titles in the
brand new AWESOME ANIMALS series – the funniest fiction, starring the
wildest wildlife, from prize winning authors.

Rory the rockhopper
penguin loves showing off, but with few visitors to the zoo, life has
become a little dull. If things don’t improve the zoo might have to
close. So when the keepers install PENGUINCAM Rory grabs his chance with
both flippers, organising a dazzling penguin talent show to pull in the

An unforgettably funny story about a little bird with big dreams.

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About the Author:

Jeanne Willis was born in St
Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She
worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and
radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over
80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural
history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts
for TV, including POLLY POCKET and THE SLOW NORRIS, and a pilot TV
series for DR XARGLE. She lives in North London with her husband and two


My Thoughts:

When the zoo is threatened with closure, the penguins take it upon
themselves to save it. Rory, Blue, and Muriel form a shaky alliance in
an effort to bring more visitors in. Along with the rest of the penguin
personalities, they decide to put on a talent show to draw people in.
What follows is a humorous attempt at organizing the show, coordinating
the acts, running off penguin impostors, and trying to keep one
particular penguin from throwing too many fits.

Light-hearted and fun, Penguin Pandemonium is perfect for elementary age kids.  They will laugh along as Rory takes on the headache of friendship, foes, and balancing the two for the sake of the show.

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