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Come on an unexpected journey with a fearless blue penguin in the most captivating picture book debut of the year! Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
Meet Penguin Blue, in this Waterstones Children's Book Prize winning tale!
It's a windy day, and he has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight?
Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites, from the sparkling new talent Rob Biddulph.

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29th September '18
I read it to Malakhi aged 5 aged 5 & to Jakobi aged 5 aged 5
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
Brilliant and wonderfully illustrated book, about Penguin Blue, who flies his kite and gets swept along in the wind along with his friends. my boys enjoyed this so much
23rd May '16
I read it to finlay06 aged 7 aged 7 & to Harris02 aged 3 aged 3
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
This story oozes charm.  Unbelievably this story includes my son's two most favourite things - a kite and a fishing rod!!! It has become his absolute favourite book.  A lovely tale about a penguin going on an adventure with his friends who are all trying to stop him from being blown away.  A very sweet story with beautifully drawn pictures.  The prose rhymes which also makes it nice to read and gives you an extra talking point if you are looking for one.  The story is simple but perfect and there is plenty of extra things to look out for in the pictures.  I also read this to a class of 5 year olds who enjoyed it just as much as my 3 year-old son did.  They particularly liked the mischievous monkey popping up half-way through and were eager to find out what he would get up to!  Definitely a book I would purchase for other children as a gift.
14th March '16
I read it to RosiePosey aged 3 aged 3
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
We loved this book. The story is so simple but it's really fun and engaging - you get to meet lots of animals and ultimately it's all about friendship and teamwork. Such a lovely message. I can see this book becoming a firm favourite and sticking around for many years to come. 
11th March '17
I read it to Hermione aged 8 aged 8 , to Skye aged 4 aged 4 & to Rocky aged 4 aged 4
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
Blue the penguin is flying his kite when he gets blown away and he is taken on an adventure with his friends. 

My daughters adore this book. The rhymes make it very easy for me to read again and again and again without getting bored! Plus they have memorized what word comes at the end of the sentence so it is really helping them with starting to learn to read. 

One of my daughters especially loves the stowaway monkey on their boat home. She finds him hiding on the boat absolutely hilarious! 

A brilliant book. Highly recommended. 
18th April '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
We decided to read this book after we read and totally loved Sunk (another Penguin Blue story). This is a cute story of a penguin and his friends that end up being blown away with a kite. Then they end up in a jungle island, but they want to go back home, and find a smart way for this. 

What my son loves the most every time we read it: finding the little monkey in most of the scenes, blowing them back home, recognizing the numbers, and seeing the penguin flying a kite just like we did. 

What I like the most: showing the difference between cold and warm weather and the animals that live in each of them, how it's good to be home, the illustrations are very nice (every time we read it we notice another interesting tiny detail). Also the timing for us has been perfect, because we've been flying a kite these last couple of weeks. 

Having read Sunk before this story, I would say Sunk is even more magical. Now I'm hoping to read the other books by Rob Biddulph.
27th February '17
I read it to RC13 aged 4 aged 4
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
The illustrations in the this book are lovely.My daughter really liked all the animals. She was able to follow the rhyming pattern of the story and guess what word might come next. A really great book.
18th June '17
I read it to Foofie12 aged 5 aged 5
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
A lovely bedtime story book!
Brilliant and funny illustrations and a rhyming text, this is the funny story of Penguin Blue, who flies his kite and gets swept along in the wind, leading to a comical adventure with his friends.
A really sweet tale - we all really enjoy re-reading this.
21st October '16
I read it to Lego boy aged 8 aged 8 & to Train boy aged 4 aged 4
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
We loved the charming rhyming prose of 'Blown away' and the simple and beautiful illustration style. It really is a pleasure to read, the rhyming text is very musical and rolls easily off the tongue, as such, it kept my 4 and 7 year old entertained.
The book follows the story of Penguin Blue, who in flying his kite, gets whisked away in an aerial journey....and picks up a load of friends and strangers along the way. They land far away in a tropical jungle, where they meet many new friends but ultimately...realise home is where the heart is. They concoct a plan to get back home.......but somebody else sneaks a ride who shouldn't!
My children loved this book and it's been requested several times. They love spotting who has stowed away at the end of the book - but we won't spoil that for you!
A great book, would also make a nice gift.
23rd February '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
We LOVE this book. We are big fans of penguins in our house so that's what attracted us to it in the library in the first place. It's simple but gorgeous illustrations fit perfectly with the lovely rhyming text. As an adult reading it with my 2-year-old I enjoyed it as much as she did and I often suggest it at bedtime. The journety that Penguin Blue ends up going on takes him through all kind of scenarios - jungles, shark-infested waters etc - my daughter and I always cuddle up especially tight at the bit where Jeff misses his mum. A lovely, sweet tale which I plan on buying as a gift for other children.
17th February '15
Read to a child aged 3
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
This story is full of excitement, educational and characters you instantly fall in love with. Beautifully illustrated, a must for any fan of penguins (as I am). This was an instant winner and had to be read three times before bedtime one the first night and every night since.
19th February '15
Read to children aged 5 & 6
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
What a fabulous debut by Rob Biddulph! An enchanting and intrepid adventure with *the* most adorable penguins EVER. As the brave penguin takes a journey by kite and is whisked away to a tropical, far-off place, he soon realises that home is where his igloo is. Beautiful illustrations accompany this magical tale and they are just as important as the words on the page, as they bring this little penguin to life. One we'll read again and again.
21st February '15
Read to a child aged 1
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
This is a great book and my little boy lived listening to it and looking at the pictures. The story is about a penguin and his friends who go on an unexpected journey. The illustrations are bright and colourful and very clear for a younger child. The rhyming text makes the book enjoyable to read and have a good flow. There is just enough text to retain the attention if a younger child. I would definitely recommend this book to a child up to the age of 6 as I'm sure that my class will enjoy this book as much as my little boy did!
3rd September '17
I read it to Flynn aged 4 aged 4
Blown Away 9780007593828
5 stars
This is a very fun and very cute story. Blue is a penguin and he has a new kite which he takes on its maiden flight. Unfortunately for Blue the kite takes him along for the ride. His friends try to help him out and they end up all going on a fun and exciting adventure. Now they just need to find a way to make it him again. This book has lovely rhyming text and some colourful illustrations. The story is great fun and you instantly take a liking to the characters and their plight. We really enjoyed it.
15th March '15
Read to a child aged 2
Blown Away 9780007593828
4 stars
Blown away is the charming tale of penguin blue, who is flying his brand new kite for the very first time. However the wind is very strong, especially for a little penguin and our friend penguin blue gets swept away into an exciting adventure, picking up friends along the way. A lovely book to snuggle upto at bedtime, using humour and engaging illustrations to bring the story to life.
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Rob Biddulph is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator. His first picture book Blown Away won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greena...

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