Penguin in Peril

Penguin in Peril

Book - 2014
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With bare cupboards and empty bellies, three hungry cats make a cunning plan. All they need is a penguin. Can the penguin escape and be home in time for dinner?
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Templar Books, 2014
Edition: First U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763671594
0763671592
Branch Call Number: PIC Han
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm

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forbesrachel Apr 27, 2014

Penguin in Peril is a crazy ride, but for a good portion it is without focus. Despite the name, the story starts from the perspective of three desperate cats who are very hungry. Instead of using the last of their money to buy food, they go to the theater. An idea sprouts from the movie they watch, so they kidnap a penguin to do some fishing for them. From then on, the focus shifts to the penguin, whom we are told is in peril, even though the cats do nothing threatening towards him after the initial kidnapping. He escapes and leads them through a crazy chase, past many black and white wearing citizens, this is most certainly the high point of this book. With the help of a random bird, who somehow knows of the city sewer system, the penguin is able to return home. Two pages, with three panels each, show this climactic moment. The art is full of textures and colours, to the point that some of the double-page spreads feel too busy, although this does effectively "hide" the penguin from the cats. While the title presents an interesting idea, sadly there is little behind it. In her attempt to create a silly tale, the author ends up making it unfocused. It is hard to feel worry for the penguin who is never really in peril and is clever enough to escape, while on the other hand, we do feel sorry for the misguided cats who end up in jail just because they were hungry.

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