The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman

The Lost Penguin

Written by Claire Freedman
Illustrated by Kate Hindley

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March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018

A story of friendship and empathy, of escape and return, or teamwork and reconciliation, this picture book is thoughtful and moving, and features some hugely appealing characters. Oliver and Ruby and little dog Patch love going to the zoo, and make special friends with a baby rescue penguin, Peep. They can tell he misses his old home and friends, and when he goes missing they immediately set out to find him. It’s not easy, and they have to learn to work together before the little runaway is returned to a warm welcome from the other penguins. Claire Freedman’s story provides lots to think about and Kate Hindley’s illustrations are full of warmth and energy, each page a treat (don’t miss the giant tortoise!). ~ Andrea Reece

A wonderfully warm story about friendship as favourite characters Oliver and Patch together with their friend Ruby pay a visit to the Zoo. They love meeting all the animals! There are meerkats and tigers and they especially love the penguins. But when a little penguin goes missing the three friends soon find that there is more to visiting to zoo than just looking at the animals. A touching story with a satisfying resolution. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman


The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman

The welcome return of Oliver and Patch - this time with Ruby and a lost baby penguin too!

Everyone fell in love with these special characters in Oliver and Patch, finding their way in a big city and making new friends. In this story the three friends visit the zoo. They growl at the tigers, smile at the meerkats and laugh at the funny penguins. But when Peep, a little penguin who's new to the zoo, goes missing, the friends must set off together to bring him home. But it isn't always easy to agree on a plan, and the friends have to overcome some disagreements before everything works out.

Another heartwarming tale of friendship and working as a team from the wonderful picture book partnership of Claire Freedman (author of the ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS series) and the brilliant Kate Hindley. 'A touching story about the importance of friendship ... Another heartwarming tale of friendship and working as a team from this bestselling duo.


Relaxing and reassuring, this is a gentle read.' Parents in Touch

'A sweet, thoughtful tale of friendship and teamwork, with plenty to linger over in Hindley's detailed artwork' Fiona Noble, Bookseller

Praise for Oliver and Patch:

`Children will enjoy this moving addition to their picture book library that leaves jokes aside to say something a little more thoughtful' Books for Keeps

`This is a beautiful story about the power of friendship, but also of love for animals' Once Upon a Bookcase

`This is a sweet story about friendship and new beginnings that children will warmly appreciate' Kids' Book Review

About the Author

Claire Freedman

Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She has worked for the BBC, Harrods and for a reprographic company and now writes full-time. She is the author of a number of books for children, including A Kiss Goodnight, Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones and On This Special Night with Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside and, when she can, travelling abroad.

Claire discovered her love of writing for children after joining a local writing group – which she still enjoys attending regularly. She began by writing stories and picture strips for comics including Twinkle, Pingu and Sesame Street, before trying her hand at picture books.

Read a Q&A with Claire Freedman here.

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32 pages


Claire Freedman
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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

22nd February 2018




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