~I received Penguin Problems for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I am excited to share with you the children’s picture book, Penguin Problems, from Random House Books for Young Readers that goes on sale September 27th just for ages 3-7. This hilarious new picture book features Jory John’s comedy and Lane Smith’s striking illustrations to make one fabulous book.
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. . . .
Jory John 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.
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of projects including the 2012 Caldecott Honor book, Grandpa Greenwich. His books have been New York Times Best Illustrated Books on four occasions and in 2012 The Eric Carle Museum named him an Honor Artist for “lifelong innovation in the field of children’s books.” In addition, he received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement award in 2014.
Jory and Smith bring us all back to reality with a look into the day-to-day struggle of the modern penguin. Children will laugh at the penguin’s goofy complaints (like how everyone looks the same), while adults will identify closely with his oppressive anxiety. A fun book that would be great on any child’s bookshelf.