“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday


Written by: Tracey Corderoy

Illustrated by: Gavin Scott

Published by: Little Tiger Press This edition 2012. First published 2011 in UK.

Ages:   3 – 6 years

Theme:  Loss, comfort, found

Opening Lines: Three little roly-poly penguins were having their afternoon snack. Percy and Posy were eating up nicely. But Plip was too busy playing with his favourite toy.

Synopsis: When Plip the penguin loses his favourite toy, it seems like the end of the world! As the sky grows dark, Plip runs off to find it, all on his own. What will become of poor little Plip, out in the snowy storm?

Why I like this: Once again Tracey writes the kind of story that touches the heart. Sweet, simple theme, with characters with real attitudes. I read this a few times, out loud and found it such fun with playful words such as Plip’s lost “sockybug.” I loved how Plip is shown not only to be sweet and playful, but to be a gutsy, and fearless, determined to find his lost toy. Not to mention the surprise twist at the end.   The cover is just so gorgeous a ‘pick me up and hug me’ illustration, you could not walk past. Don’t you think? Gavin’s gorgeous illustrations throughout are large, simple and fun, complimenting the text. Even his near centre big spread of just the head of Plip with his eyes closed as he cries out three words, tells us how he feels, the heart in the mouth aww moment. You just want to cuddle him. (Again I am reminded of my dear friend Julie Rowan-Zoch’s whispy gorgeous illustrations.) Adults right down to the littlest kid is gonna love this one. I thought of this one for my dear writing buddies in the northern hemisphere suffering through their winter.

Resources/Findings: some facts on penguins for kids….   http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/penguin.html           http://www.theanimalfiles.com/birds/penguins/little_penguin.html

A great thing to do with kids is visit a local zoo. Kids learn so much about the animals, feeding them, watching them play. See our local zoo here…   http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/sites/explore-the-zoo/Birds/little-penguin

Here is a way to teach kids to draw a cute cartoon penguin…     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev9BfgsziIo

I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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21 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. You are tooo kind! I swoon at the site of this cover! On my list!!!

  2. Darlene says:

    I love any books about penguins and tis one looks adorable!!

  3. Yes, the cover really makes you want to reach out and hug Plip. Like the word play on names. I think kids have a special place for penguin books. Lovely choice, Diane! Timing right for our weather!

    • Isn’t he just gorgeous? Yes I think all kids will just love him too. I was thinking of you guys up there with all that snow. I thought you would need some huggable story to keep warm. 🙂

  4. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Love that we both chose penguin themed books for PPBF! This looks adorable. 🙂

  5. Wendy says:

    Ooh it’s a penguiny-day! Our forecast for tomorrow is “blinding snow squalls.” I may need Plip’s help. (hope I don’t look as sad as he does on the cover, poor fellow!)

  6. Heather Dent says:

    Oh my gosh! That cover illustration is adorable! I also really love the names Percy, Posy, and Plip.

  7. Oh this looks lovely. I put it on my library list. They are all checked out but I am in line. Thank you.

  8. Cool, I hope you get one soon. Your littleone will love it. Stay warm up there. Happy Valentines Day.

  9. Thanks. Have you reviewed Tracey’s books before? The name isn’t ringing any bells.

  10. Yes I have. If you scroll down a little more past the Blog Hop, you will come across ‘Just Right for Two’ which I have reviewed. She writes beautiful stories. She is with a UK Agent. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. That is one cute penguin for sure!! And what a great name!! Thanks for sharing this one Ms Tulloch!!

  12. Andrea says:

    Just the cover makes me want to go out and pick this up! And then I read your description of the story! Thanks for sharing this one! I like your activities, too.

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