Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen


Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen

Penguin Small is a classic story by Mick Inkpen with a surprise giant fold-out page. It tells the story of the last North Pole penguin, who as it turns out was also the smallest penguin! He wants to join his friends in the South Pole, but he's afraid of the water. If only penguins could fly...Penguin Small is a classic story with giant fold out pages, and as ever, vintage Inkpen ilustrations for a fabulous story which explains why there are no penguins at the North Pole! 'A whale of a book.' - Independent. Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.


More magical, micheivous storytelling from Mick Inkpen Express & Echo (Exeter) Every young child will relate to this vulnerable little penguin who gets into all sorts of trouble, but manages to come through in the end. A book for survivors! Christian Family Mick Inkpen has somehow turned a simple story into a great adventure, alternately funny and frightening The Independent Enthralling Rochdale Observer Besides being a lovely story which children will adore, Penguin Small is brimming with great illustrations ... Pure magic Chronicle & Echo Full of optimism, light and adventure The Guardian A tale of a penguin who escapes the wrath of angry polar bears with the help of snowman who never melts and a wise and wondrous creature called a Neverwasanocerous. In Five of the best animal books, selected by Cressida Cowell Junior

About the Author

Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen was born in Romford in 1952 and still lives in Essex with his wife Debbie and their two children. Mick is one of the most popular author/illustrators in the world, his stories have been translated into over twenty different languages and his books have sold over 4 million copies. Kipper, perhaps his most popular character of all, is now the star of his very own TV series while Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small and Threadbear continue to delight young readers - and their parents!

He began his career as a graphic designer, declining a place to study English at Cambridge University. During this period he worked with Nick Butterworth, a fellow children's author, from whom he learned design and typography. Together they developed a cartoon strip for the Sunday Express magazine, later to become a first series of children's picture books. They also worked in children's television.

In 1989 The Blue Balloon established him as a truly original voice in children's picture books, by which time Mick and his wife Debbie had two children of their own. "Without the experience of having children of my own I doubt that I would have been capable of writing effectively for children. And yet it's true that good work really springs from trying to please yourself"

Mick has won numerous awards world-wide including The British Book Award for Penguin Small, The British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, The Children's Book Award for Threadbear, The Parents and Munch Bunch Play and Learn Award and The Right Start Petit Filous Best Toy Award for Where, Oh Where is Kipper's Bear? Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998, and Kipper's A to Z won the silver medal in the 2001 Smarties Prize.

Fo most of Mick Inkpen's published work he is both author and illustrator. However, there is one title - WONDERFUL EARTH - that we rate highly, which he illustrated whilst Nick Butterworth provided the words.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

2nd October 2014



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