Happy Angry Little Penguin Puffin | Author & Illustrator: Timothy Young | Publication Date: September 28, 2014 | Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: Look at the funny little penguin!” and “What a silly-looking penguin!” Hearing this all day long is enough to make any little bird angry, especially when he’s NOT A PENGUIN! This is the story of a puffin who is upset that he’s constantly mistaken for a penguin. He finally reaches his breaking point and goes on a rant about the many differences between the two. A little girl stops him in mid-speech because she does know the differences, and he listens as she explains to her father why puffins are her favorite. When you are feeling alone and misunderstood, sometimes it only takes the understanding of one small person to turn things around. A charming picture book with 18 fun colorful spreads showing children what frustration and feeling alone looks like from the outside, how to get over anger, and how to reach out to others when they are frustrated.
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1. What is the book about? The book is about an angry little puffin who lives at a zoo. He’s mad because people keep calling him a penguin.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? I really liked the pictures and thought all of them were funny. I like how the book was called “The Happy Little Penguin” but he painted over “Happy” and “Penguin” and wrote “Angry” and “Puffin”. I like the picture with the world with the penguins on the bottom (the south pole) and puffins on the top (the north pole) because it was funny.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? My favorite part of the book is when the puffin says “I am a Puffin! P-U-double-F-I-N!” That was funny. I also liked the part at the end where the little girl says “Look, Daddy! It’s a PUFFIN!”, because it’s cute and it makes the puffin happy.
4. What are some of the things you learned from the book? I learned the differences between puffins and penguins like puffins live in the Arctic and penguins like in the Antarctic and puffins can fly but penguins can’t.
5. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked the book and I thought it was good and funny. I would give it 5 stars.
7. Who do you think would like this book? Everybody would love this book because it’s funny.
My Thoughts: The little puffin has had enough! He is NOT a funny-looking penguin. He is NOT a kooky little penguin. In fact, he is NOT a penguin at all – he is a PUFFIN! In this clever and amusing picture book, the reader is introduced to one frustrated little puffin who lives in the penguin exhibit at the zoo. As the puffin gets mistaken for a penguin time and time again, he decides that it is time to educate the public. For one, penguins live in the Antarctic, while puffins live in the Arctic. As the puffin takes a flying leap off a cliff, we also learn that puffins can fly! Phew!
As we all know, penguins are “in” at the moment and the poor little puffin feels so left out and misunderstood, until one day a little girl visits the zoo and shows her appreciation for puffins leaving the little puffin feeling very happy indeed.
The premise of the story is simple. The story is meant to educate people about the basic differences between puffins and penguins and it is effective in doing so although there seem to be few differences between the two species. On a different level, the book also teaches a lesson about expressing yourself when you are feeling frustrated about something. That being said, the puffin did come off being a little superior in some places (e.g., referring to the “dopey penguins”). Finally, there is also a message about the power of words as one little girl completely changes the puffin’s attitude.
I LOVE the cover and that is what drew me to this book in the first place! Aside from the cover, the illustrations inside the book are also fantastic featuring a visibly upset puffin throughout with a noticeable change by the end. I loved the use of speech bubbles and graphics used for the text (such as in the title). Children will absolutely love flipping through the pages just perusing the illustrations – very, very child-friendly. The book itself is large and sturdy and is very high-quality featuring thick pages that will withstand long-term use. Beautiful book!
My Bottom Line: The Angry Little Puffin is an amusing picture book introducing children to puffins through the use of snippets of information shared by the puffin and gorgeous illustrations and graphics all wrapped up in a sturdy hardcover book. I recommend this fun picture book to parents, teachers, and libraries for reading to children ages 3 to 8.
* This book was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
About the Author/Illustrator: Timothy Young
Timothy Young has been an animator, puppet and toy designer, art director, illustrator and graphic designer. He has over 30 years experience as a professional artist and lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Find out more about him at www.creaturesandcharacters.com.