Saturday, 8 June 2013

Penguin In Peril by Helen Hancocks (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

I feel like humming the Jaws theme tune here!
February 2013, Templar, 32 page, Hardback, Review copy

Themes:  sort of clever cats, cats on a mission, fighting for survival, escapism, secret tunnels, important fountain, cameoflage, humans understanding animals, justice triumphs 

Content: mild to mega peril, lots of humour

Summary from Templar
With bare cupboards and hungry bellies, three cats steal a penguin to catch fish for them. A hilarious sequence of events unfolds as the penguin makes his escape, becoming mistaken for a nun and a waiter before finding his way safely home. Meanwhile, the cats are caught for their crime and are sent to jail – for a lifetime of gruel.

Nayuleska's thoughts
This is a read which gets funnier each time you turn the page. I felt a bit sorry for the misunderstood cats, but only a little as the penguin was distressed.He didn't panic like other animals would though, he used his intelligence to escape - and keep on escaping! 

You can find out more on Helen's website

Suggested read
For another animal who has escaped (not from cats) check out The Lemur's Tale by Ophelia Redpath

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