Penguin problems

Jory John

Book - 2016

"A penguin whines about the uncontrollable problems in his life."--

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Picture books
New York : Random House [2016]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Main Author
Jory John (author)
Other Authors
Lane Smith (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Penguins don't seem to have a care in the world, but the waddling star of John and Smith's new picture book is here to set you straight. This penguin doesn't like the cold, the early morning, the salty smell of the ocean, or the constant squawking, and everyone looks exactly the same. "What is it with this place?" Thanks to Penguin's deadpan, saucer-eyed expression, all that negative attitude becomes pretty hilarious, and when a well-meaning walrus tries to give Penguin a lesson in gratitude, his over-the-top reaction is even sillier. Smith's multimedia illustrations, in a paint-splattered texture and minimal palette, add to the humor, particularly when he contrasts crowds of identical penguins with his grouchy protagonist. Soon, though, the penguin comes around to the walrus' view, and he starts to appreciate the icy beauty of the mountains and proximity of his friends (until his beak gets cold again, that is). With wry humor and distinctive artwork, this off-kilter tale will be right at home with fans of Jon Klassen's This Is Not My Hat (2012). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Being a penguin is no day at the park: "It's way too early. My beak is cold. What's with all the squawking, you guys?" John's bumbling, bleary-eyed penguin has a hard time on land, and the ocean depths are even worse: "Oh, great. A leopard seal. Oh, great. A shark.... What is it with this place?" Then there's the matter of parents: "Mom?" the penguin asks another penguin near a crowd of look-alike penguins. "I literally have no idea who you are," the other penguin replies. Just when things look hopeless, a passing walrus offers a comforting (if long-winded) sermon, and the penguin gets a moment of respite from his angst. John (I Love You Already) delivers a rat-a-tat series of laughs, and Smith's (There Is a Tribe of Kids) mottled, minimalist polar landscapes highlight the penguin's awkward moments. His story is classic comedy, an examination of the delicate balancing act between total despair ("I have so many problems! And nobody even cares!" the penguin cries) and the resolve to stumble on. Ages 3–7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—It's not easy being a penguin. As a world-weary avian narrator points out, there's plenty that can (and does) go wrong: "My beak is cold." "It snowed some more last night, and I don't even like the snow." "The ocean smells too salty today." An even chillier fishing expedition does not improve his demeanor: "Oh, great. An orca. Oh, great. A leopard seal. Oh, great. A shark. What is it with this place?" Smith's sponge-textured illustrations expand upon the text's downbeat doldrums with visual humor and delightfully deadpan facial expressions. Still hungry, the penguin pulls out of the water just before being gulped down by the bigger seal (which is about to be consumed by the even larger shark, about to be swallowed by the huge orca). His melancholy monologue continues until a stately walrus catches his attention and delivers a wise (and lengthy and slightly bombastic) oration about appreciating the good things in life. Grudgingly, Penguin embraces a new perspective. He sits on a pristine peak, gazes at gracefully falling flurries, and muses, "Maybe things will work out, after all"—or not (the page turn reveals that the gentle snowflakes have turned into a full-fledged storm and Penguin has resumed his grousing). This sublime pairing of author and artist results in a rib-tickling exploration of what it means to look at the unsunny side. VERDICT Share this book with Claire Messer's Grumpy Pants for a storytime starring persnickety penguins.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal [Page 74]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A penguin whines about the uncontrollable problems in his life."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A tongue-in-cheek introduction to Antarctica features a plucky little penguin who argues that the region, far from being free from worries and responsibilities, is freezing, filled with natural predators and all but overrun by identical penguins that make it rather hard to find one's mom. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of Grandpa Green. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A little penguin argues that home, far from being free from worries and responsibilities, is freezing, filled with natural predators, and overrun by identical penguins that make it difficult to find one's mom.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Have you ever thought: I have so many problems and nobody even cares? Well, penguins have problems too! Discover them in this hilarious collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster!) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales)!   This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. 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. . . .    This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.  "We are all Mortimer [the main character in Penguin Problems]." —The New York Times“Bursting with humor.” —Kirkus Reviews   “The snark level is cranked up high.” —The Horn Book, Starred   “Will be right at home with fans of Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat.” —Booklist   “Classic comedy.” —Publishers Weekly   “Rib-tickling.” —School Library Journal