Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
  

Blue Penguin

Written by Petr Horacek
Illustrated by Petr Horacek

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November 2016 Book of the Month There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek’s new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but, because of his colour, they don’t regard him as a ‘real’ penguin. Excluded and alone on the ice, Blue Penguin dreams of a white whale that will come and rescue him. He sings a song to the whale and another penguin hears it, and becomes his friend. His singing wins over the other penguins too and when the whale does arrive, she finds the little penguin surrounded by friends. It’s a story to warm us all and Petr Horacek’s rich, colour-saturated, textured artwork creates Antarctic landscapes that are simply magnificent. ~ Andrea Reece

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Synopsis

Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek

A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. I feel just like a penguin, says Blue Penguin. But you're not like us, said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all?

A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

Reviews

Heartwarming tale of friendship, difference, and belonging, with a gorgeous wintry palette. The Bookseller

Get in the Christmas spirit early with this stunningly illustrated book by award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. [...] A charming and engaging book about friendship, understanding and belonging, this heart-warming story is just the thing to help promote positive behaviour in your young child and send him soundly off to sleep. Junior

A heart-warming fable about friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. Parent Talk

There's a magical and luminous quality to the icy landscapes dazzlingly rendered by Petr Horacek in this sublime story on the theme of insiders and outsiders Red Reading Hub Horacek's textured, colour-rich artwork creates dramatically beautiful Antarctic scenes while the little penguin is a charmer. Books for Keeps

A heart-warming story of a little blue penguin who struggles being different from the rest. The story discusses friendship and belonging, with a lovely finale. Angels & Urchins

Petr Horacek's dreamy Blue Penguin [is] a nice enough story, but what really makes this book sing are Horacek's amazing illustrations, all ice and snow with occasional vivid sightings of an orange-coloured sun. The Independent on Sunday

The dream-like quality of the illustrations and the evocation of snowy isolation make this a very special book and one to be treasured, as its message of friendship is so beautifully and magically conveyed. A stunning Christmas present Daily Mail

Horacek's textured, colour-rich artwork creates dramatically beautiful Antarctic scenes while the little penguin is a charmer. Books for Keeps

Petr Horacek is a fine storyteller and illustrator, and this is well up to standard. [...] This is another delightful book from a multi-talented author. The School Librarian

Petr Horacek is one funny guy, as well as a natural-born teacher and a whizz with a paintbrush. Put him down as the thinking tot's Eric Carle. Washington Post

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek’s bold and imaginative illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. He lives in Worcester.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Petr Horacek
More books by Petr Horacek

Author's Website

www.petrhoracek.co.uk/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2016

ISBN

9781406366013

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