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When Grandad Was a Penguin

Written by Morag Hood

Illustrated by Morag Hood

Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Humorous Animals

LoveReading View on When Grandad Was a Penguin

With its strikingly simple images, this picture book will give children lots to think and talk about and will also have them laughing out loud. Grandad’s acting out of character and he looks different too: his clothes don’t fit very well and he keeps turning up in the strangest of places (like the freezer). Of course children will see it’s not Grandad at all, but a penguin. A trip to the zoo, where Grandad looks very at home with the penguins, puts things right. It’s a book that makes you look really closely – how alike are Grandad and the penguins? There’s a wonderful twist in the tail too. ~ Andrea Reece

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When Grandad Was a Penguin Synopsis

What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love Morag's witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference.

Morag's lino cut artwork is gorgeously bold and stylish and her illustrative talent and keen eye for design won her a place as runner up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration. When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old, and its beautifully debossed hardback cover and extra-special high quality paper make this an excellent gift for penguin lovers.

When Grandad Was a Penguin Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Morag's debut title, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Elissa Watkin, age 3 - 'Beautiful, simple and charming story about embracing friend’s differences! Our three year old daughter loved this book from the moment she saw it.'
  • Sabrina Chorley, age 4 - 'This was a very funny book with funny illustrations, Colin and Lee is a lovely story about friendship.'
  • Eleanor Haines, age 4 and mum Tanya - 'this book is much better suited for a younger audience. Simple, bright pictures. Simple short text so that they don't get bored, and a nice message about being friends.'
  • Jack, age 4 and mum Emma - 'What a quirky but fun book!... It seems very simple on the surface but led to some thoughtful conversations about friendships and relationships.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509850976
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509814015
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509814015
Publication date: 26th January 2017
Author: Morag Hood
Illustrator: Morag Hood
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Animals

About Morag Hood

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, ...

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