Johns, Jory – Penguin Problems

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  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553513370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553513370


EXCERPT from Penguin Random House:

Have you ever thought: I have so many problems and nobody even cares? Well, penguins have problems too! Discover them in this hilarious collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster!) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales)! This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . . This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.

Rationale for Inclusion: Not only is Penguin Problems one of the funniest books in any kids room today, but it’s also artistically interesting in its minimalism and terribly entertaining for children and adults. The penguin in Penguin Problems is a bitter, grumpy, complaining penguin who can’t seem to find the silver lining in any problem he has, and he has many. A kindly walrus attempts to explain that the world is as much full of sorrow as it is beauty, and the sun still rises each day in spite of the drudgery the penguin experiences, and isn’t that great? The penguin will not be deterred, but hopefully children will see just how important it is to laugh and take a step back from the problems to look at the positives.

Penguin Problems read aloud by Rediscovered Books:



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