Reader Reviewed Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

Blown Away

Written by Rob Biddulph

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up and away on a brand new kite on a windy day. Penguin’s original and richly-imagined adventure is beautifully told and wonderfully illustrated in this attractive and stimulating picture book. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Melissa Cox, head of children’s buying for Waterstones, said about Blown Away:”It is always challenging to judge picture books against pieces of fiction for older children, but choosing the overall winner from among the categories proved quite easy. The judges all agreed that Blown Away was a classic in the making and would live in the hearts and minds of children for years to come.”

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Nicola Laverty and Ruby, age 5 - 'We loved the gentle rhyming text of this book and Ruby was very taken with Blue, the main character and his friends...A lovely book to share again and again.' Read full review >
  • Alexander Reiff, age 3 - 'We loved it! If you love Oliver Jeffers, you'll love this.  Great illustrations which add to the story line so well.  Simple story but so much to talk about.' Read full review >
  • Liam Hill, age 5 - 'I also really like the funny pictures in the book with the cheeky monkey hiding and Mr Snappy the crocodile ice cream man. The cheeky monkey is everywhere!' Read full review >
  • George Reece, age 6 - 'Lovely heart warming story and wonderfully illustrated.' Read full review >
  • Eleanor Haines, age 2 - 'A lovely tale about a penguin who has a new kite and gets blown away on an adventure, taking friends with him along the way...It was definitely a thumbs up from us!' Read full review >


Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

Come on an unexpected journey with a fearless blue penguin in the most captivating picture book debut of the year! Meet Penguin Blue! 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.


Praise for GRRRRR!: 'Vibrant colours and characters plus rhyming text make it a delight to read aloud.

'Joyful and uplifting. Superb.'

'Totally grrrrreat in every respect.'

'The rhyme is so skillful and pacey it could give the Gruffalo a run for its money.'

's Books Ireland Praise for Blown Away: 'Best children's book of the year.'

'[A] gem of a book ... Beautifully illustrated and wittily written.'

'This book is capital B Brilliant.'

'Told in captivating rhyme, with plenty of jokes sprinkled through the text and illustrations, Biddulph's tale is a travelling adventure.'

About the Author

Rob Biddulph

By day Rob Biddulph is the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine. By night he makes up silly stories for his three daughters, and draws pictures to go with them. His first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015, his second, GRRRR! was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and just released is the wonderful Odd Dog Out.

He lives with his wife and daughters in London, You can visit him at

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

29th January 2015




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