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Picture Book Review: Penguin Problems by Jory John, Lane Smith | #kids

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Picture Book Review: Penguin Problems by Jory John, Lane Smith | #kidsPenguin Problems by JORY JOHN
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers on September 27th 2016
Genres: Children's Books, Picture Books
Pages: 32
Format: ARC
Source: ARC From Publisher

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About the Book:

A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like—and it isn’t all fun and games.

Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?

Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.

Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .



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Full of witty banter and a bucket load of worry, Penguin Problems was a delight to read!


Have you ever met a person whose daily activity consisted of complaining all the time? Negative Nancy’s anyone? We’ve all come across those types of people and sometimes we know they can be a challenge. Especially when there’s a lot more to life than worrying about things you can’t change instead of enjoying the beauty that surrounds us every day. Slated on Amazon for 3-7-year-old’s, Penguin Problems is a book that could easily appeal to children 3 and up as well as adults. It’s a picture book with a ton of snarky complaining and a not so stubble nudge to complainers everywhere.


When my daughter and I sat down to read Penguin Problems (she’s 7 by the way), I wondered how she would view the overall concept of the book. After the first few pages, she understood the premise and told me the penguin shouldn’t be so depressed and enjoy life. If a child can point out the negativity, then I think the book did its job. The illustrations were also wonderfully drawn. Her favorite page was the depiction of the animals in the sea. We read through the book many times and discussed how the penguin could learn to love the world around him. Just as we all should. There’s always light in the darkness and something to be thankful for.


Penguin Problems is not only a great read but a great teaching tool as well. I highly recommend it for families and classrooms.



My Rating

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JORY JOHN (@joryjohn) is an author, a journalist, and an educator living in Portland, Oregon. Jory is the creator and coauthor of the bestselling All My Friends Are Dead, which has sold more than 200,000 copies. For 10 years, Jory worked as a seasonal camp counselor at a performing arts and circus camp, where he taught songwriting, guitar, juggling, and writing.