Posted by Venus on Saturday, June 14, 2014
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn't exactly built to soar. However, Penguin is persistent and determined and he adamantly follows his dream to fly even if he needs a little help with the technical parts. Penguin is ready to find his destiny on the wind.
On the one hand this book was adorable, with a very determined Penguin who perseveres even when he is told he cannot possibly fly. He is sure that he can figure it out. This message of persistence and finding solutions to a problem made for a nice character arc.
However, the whole Penguin-who-can't-fly plot has been done so many times that I wonder how publishers don't get tired of it. I am aware that with the amount of books that go out of print every year and with the general age of a picture book audience, young readers really don't know about all those other penguin books out there, but do the adults get tired of them or is it a guaranteed seller? That isn't really a judgement on the book itself, for on its own it was a very cute book. I guess this simply the downside of being a prodigious reader.