Blown Away by Rob Biddulph Book Review

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 20, 2015

A brave young penguin take an exciting kite flight to a tropical paradise, but quickly realizes that what he really wants is home.

I have to admit, I wasn't blown away by this book. (heh heh, blown away...get it?) The illustrations with their bright colors, particularly the use of blues and oranges, flowed well throughout. There is a wonderful sense of movement. However, the story wasn't very inspiring with the usual cast of characters and a few that just didn't make sense. Where did the polar bear come from? The haiku like rhymes worked to move the story along, but again, it just felt like too much of the same. I always add this caveat though when I mention this "same" idea: Young children are usually not aware of what came before, not do they care if books repeat similar storylines or subjects. For them, everything is new and so I do see this book having a strong audience, particularly children with penguin obsessions.