My Penguin Osbert in Love
Illustrator: H B “Buck” Lewis
Published by: Walker Books Ltd 2009
Age: 3 – 6 years
Theme: Friendship, love, adventure, space, South Pole
Opening Lines: I had just put away my new helicopter and was cleaning out my ant farm when I heard a knock at the door.
Synopsis: As described on Amazon ; Joe couldn’t be more surprised to find his friend Osbert knocking at his front door—AWOL from the zoo—with an invitation to a South Pole extravaganza under his wing. Since penguins can’t fly, and Joe has a helicopter from Santa, the boy is soon piloting a bunch of penguins on a long journey south. But when Osbert ignores the southern lights and only has eyes for a penguin named Aurora, Joe starts to worry. Will he ever get back in time for his own family’s Midwinter Bash?
Why I like it: This is such a cute story of a boy and his Penguin friend, Osbert. Elizabeth’s first person narrative takes us on a journey by helicopter to see the Southern Lights, thanks to Joe. Osbert his friend, is such a character (whose girlfriend smells of seaweed) had staged a zoo breakout and brought along a few friends for the ride. This story is married with sweet colourful pictures giving a whimsical feel. I loved seeing the penguin wave the helicopter in to land with his lights, and later Joe standing in line for the toilet with his leg crossed and face of concentration, made me smile. Very cute for any child any time of year, and a love story to boot! Note: this is a second book of a series.
Resources/Findings: In the back of the book are suggestions for throwing a Party. Invitations, and theme. Also a great punch recipe and a Black and White Penguin Cookies recipe.
Here is Elizabeth’s website… http://www.codykimmel.com/osbert-in-love.html
Fun facts and activities about Penguins… http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/penguins/
Fun facts about Antarctica for kids….. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/antarctica.html
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