It’s Mad Martha with you today, firstly reminding you that everybody’s favourite mini-fiction writing challenge is kicking off again on Monday! The prompt for this month is…
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Now speaking of worthy adversaries…today’s offering is a charming little picture book that features one very irate Puffin.
The Angry Little Puffin by Timothy Young features the resident Puffin at an indoor aquarium. All day long people press their noses against his enclosure and exclaim, “Oh how cute! What a happy little penguin!” as if puffins and penguins are exactly the same bird. After one too many of such ignorant comments, the puffin snaps and begins to outline all the differences between the two to set the record straight. But then the little puffin hears a voice – an angelic, educated, passionate little voice – and all his woes are swept away for one brief moment of happiness.
Impotent with rage
crying for recognition
“Penguin I am not!”
This is one of those clever little picture books that is actually non-fiction dressed up in a fun story. The best part about the book for me, apart from Puffin’s ranting and raging, placards all a-wave, was the way it included lots of factual information about Puffins without breaking the narrative pace. Did you know puffins could fly? I didn’t, until I read this book! The little guy actually looks quite majestic soaring through the ether, especially in comparison to the penguins, left behind on their ice floe, looking a bit bewildered. The illustrations are really delightful and I loved the way the penguins have been cast as slightly half-witted and awkward, while Puffin is granted superhero status at one point.
Admittedly, there’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about this book, but it will most certainly appeal to those animal and bird obsessed children who thirst for knowledge in an accessible format. It would be a fantastic read in preparation for an aquarium visit with the little ones too! If you’re looking for a funny and charming read-aloud for your curious little nippers, you might like to give this one a go.
The Angry Little Puffin is due for release on September 28th and I received a digital copy for review from the publisher via Netgalley.
Now, I must fly (like a majestic puffin!),