Monday, December 6, 2021

Review - Penguin Journey

Penguin Journey

by Angela Burke Kunkel
illustrated by Catherine Odell
Date: 2021
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

A lyrical picture book exploration of emperor penguins’ incredible journey to parenthood, with stunning watercolor art

Packed Snow / Moon glow
Wind-blown / All alone

This young picture book is about the incredible lengths to which emperor penguins go for their young ones. Angela Burke Kunkel’s lyrical text and Catherine Odell’s gorgeous illustrations detail the penguins' amazing journey, and an author's note and bibliography provide added context.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Attention, penguin fans! This lovely little picture book with a simple story will melt your heart.

Highlighted by charming illustrations, Penguin Journey tells the tale of emperor penguins in Antarctica. They journey inland, meet, and mate, and then the fathers take over egg-sitting duties. There's an author's note at the back that gives some more information about this process, but the actual picture book itself is pretty clear about what's happening, even with only a handful of words on each page.

You don't need to get cutesy with anthropomorphized penguins to make an adorable picture book. This one is pretty much non-fiction, and it's still charming.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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