Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: September 25th, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

When Penguin and Bootsy plan a trip in search of autumn, Penguin's little brother, Pumpkin, wants to join in. But Pumpkin is heartbroken to find out he's too little to go, so Penguin and Bootsy bring a special surprise home to share a little touch of Autumn with Pumpkin. 


Younger siblings will know what it's like to be left out when an older brother or sister does something you want to do, right? That's exactly what happens in Penguin and Pumpkin when Penguin sets off to see what Autumn is really like off the ice, leaving little Pumpkin alone and wishing he could go exploring too.

Salina Yoon has written and illustrated yet another lovely picture book with lots of heart. The sibling relationship is a relatable one, as is the kindness shown by Penguin. There's nothing like experiencing Autumn on the snow, which is exactly what Penguin brings for Pumpkin!

Yoon's artwork always seems understated and quiet, but it has a hidden depth to it that presents itself as the story progresses. All the penguins are distinct and easy to recognise, whether it be because of hats or scarves or size. I think it must be difficult to draw large quantities of the same thing and still be able to tell the difference, and Yoon does an effortless job of that here.

Perfect for Halloween reading, Penguin and Pumpkin is a heartwarming story of how far one penguin will go to keep his baby brother happy. It's got a decent amount of text and is obviously fully illustrated throughout, and is another sure-fire hit for a very talented artist.

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