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Can a penguin be the perfect present? Find out in this modern classic from acclaimed picture book creator Polly Dunbar.

In the multiple award-winning modern classic from Polly Dunbar, author-illustrator of Hello Tilly, Ben couldn't be more delighted to find a penguin inside his present. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, he pulls his funniest face, he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. "Can't you talk?" says Ben. Penguin says nothing. It isn't until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks ... and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait.

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24th April '17
I read it to FreyaJ aged 3 aged 3
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
Lovely clear illustrations make this book very suitable for younger children.  The limited text encourages discussion.  Penguin is about a toy penguin who won't speak and his frustrated new owner tries everything to get the penguin to talk.  The ending is a surprise that delighted the children I read this story to.  Great bedtime read for ages 2 -5
5th May '19
I read it to Pre-schoolA aged 2 to 4
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
Penguin is a simple story that the children have loved reading lately and one they have picked up again and again. The story is about a boy called Ben who receives a penguin as a gift and when he tries to get it to talk it says nothing. The children really enjoyed seeing all the silly things Ben would attempt to get Penguin talking and found it amusing to see but because of the structure of the story they always had a suspicion that Penguin wouldn't respond and this gave them a chance to get involved in the story which is always great and have a guess at how Penguin or Ben would react. There are only three characters in the book and they are all so different which makes the book fun to read. Having Penguin not talk makes him a very intriguing character for the readers as well as Ben and it allowed the children to think about why he might not want to talk which is great as like Penguin some children don't want to talk and so he can be relatable for those children. I like how Bens character is full of fun and determination to make Penguin talk but that we still see the effect it has on Ben as it shows he still has feelings about it even if he doesn't originally show it. The illustrations in Penguin are lovely with mostly paler colours and simple pictures it allows the children to really focus on what's happening and work out what's going on as it's not too busy. Their favourite part of the book is the end though when lots of exciting things start to happen and this is all shown fantastically in illustrations, I won't spoil it though! The children love this book and it really gets them thinking about all the characters and how they're feeling but at the same time makes the children happy when they see how the story ends!
20th December '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about little boy and his recently-acquired toy penguin. The penguin won't speak and the boy spends the bulk of the story trying to make him, through a variety of methods!

My toddlers love the bright pictures; they select and "read" this book independently to look at them.

This is a sweet, cheeky tale with an unexpected calamity and ending. Definitely worth a read!
17th August '17
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 5 aged 5
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
My little boy found this book funny, he liked it when he copied penguin. But penguin will not speak and he tries everything, until he gets eaten by a lion. Then penguin actually says quite a lot. A fun story with nice illustrations.
13th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1 aged 1
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
This is a very sweetly-illustrated book. It's a simple tale of a boy who isn't happy that he can't get his toy penguin to talk with a surprise ending. I thought that my daughter might be a bit scared by the boy getting eaten at one point (he turns out to be fine) but she thought it was hilarious.
2nd May '17
I read it to Topprincess aged 10 aged 10 & to TopLegomaster aged 7 aged 7
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
I hadn't seen this book before I discovered it in the library about four years ago and it quickly became an absolute favourite in our house. It is a picture book with a short, slightly quirky story and colourful illustrations. It's a gem of a book, suitable for 2 year olds upwards. 
1st October '17
I read it to Pine aged 5 to 6
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
This is one of my favourite picture books. Bought as a gift for me because I love penguins but have found many opportunities to use it in school. 

The story has provided laughs as Ben tries to persuade Penguin to talk using lots of daft methods. It provided opportunities for dance, silly faces and silly walks as well as lots of writing. The children enjoyed using the pictures to suggest what Penguin might be saying or thinking.

I'm sure I'll use it again in the future!
4th June '17
Earthquake read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
Penguin 9781406312461
5 stars
penguin ate the lions noz. it is good and I liked it
27th August '18
I read it to Babs aged 4 aged 4
Penguin 9781406312461
4 stars
This is a simple story for preschoolers  of average length with simple illustrations. Perfect as a bedtime story as isnt too busy. It's about a little boy called Ben who got a present and in that present was penguin, but penguin said nothing. It's suitable for preschool aged children, both girls and boys. My daughter enjoyed it but i don't think it's one she'll request over and over again. Borrowed from the library. 
13th August '16
I read it to Lily aged 3 aged 3 & to RoseMars aged 3 aged 3
Penguin 9781406312461
4 stars
My three year old twin girls chose this book from the library because the penguin on the cover looked so sweet. It is indeed a very sweet book about a boys frustration when his new toy penguin won't talk. The build up is great and the ending is just lovely. The illustrations are just beautiful too. 
17th December '18
I read it to Squidge aged 1 aged 1
Penguin 9781406312461
4 stars
A simple story that seemed to go on a bit too long. My daughter liked the penguin character and pointed him out on every page. It is nice and repetitive so she can learn some new words. Quite fun with an ending we didn't expect. 
15th November '17
I read it to RC13 aged 4 aged 4
Penguin 9781406312461
4 stars
This is a lovely simple picture book about a boy and his new toy penguin. The boy tries everything to get the penguin to talk, with very unexpected and hilarious consequences. My daughter really enjoyed joining in with saying 'nothing'!! The illustrations are lovely.
7th May '17
I read it to AvaW aged 3 aged 3
Penguin 9781406312461
3 stars
Ben had a present, when he opened it it was a penguin. The penguin didn't speak, no matter what Ben tried. Ben tried to get rid of penguin by launching him into space and trying to get a Lion to eat penguin, but instead the Lion ate Ben for being too noisy.  Penguin bit Lion on the nose, and out came Ben, and penguin started talking. It is a simple book, not very long,  With simple illustrations
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About Polly Dunbar

One of the UK's most exciting picture book talents, author-illustrator of the award-winning Penguin. One of the UK's most exciting picture book talents, author-illustrator of the award-winning Penguin....

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One of the UK's most exciting picture book talents, author-illustrator of the award-winning Penguin. One of the UK's most exciting picture book talents, author-illustrator of the award-winning Penguin....

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