The zoo is expecting some penguins to arrive and a squirrel is confused – what exactly is a penguin? This begins a crazy story where all the animals contribute their preposterous ideas which become more absurd with each turn of the page.
The illustrations perfectly capture the cheerful nature of the story. They are full of life and colour. The animation of the animals creates a playful scene for the silliness. There is even a kiwi to spot for the eagle eyed! Little dream bubbles accompany the animals as they imagine what a penguin is.
Children will love becoming the expert to correct the zoo animals and share their knowledge. And they don’t need to know much about penguins to be the expert – according to the otters they travel south to get away from the snow but stop for pizza on the way. Later on the pelicans tell us the penguins don’t like water!
Each animal has an opinion but nobody knows what to expect. Eventually the zoo keeper steps in and contributes knowledge by correcting the animals. This is a great way to introduce facts into the fictional book. But wait for the twist at the end when the penguins arrive!
This is a great book to share out loud and a hilarious addition to any young child’s bookshelf.
Reviewed by Sara Croft
The penguins are coming!
by Meg McKinlay & Mark Jackson
Published by Walker Books