Review: The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi

Many of you know that I’ve been a huge supporter of Penguin Books….Penguin always has great classic editions and their cover designs are some of my absolute favorites!

So when this fun little picture book about THE penguin at Penguin Books came across for review, I had to check it out!

Here is a little bit about the book:

A lonely Antarctic penguin, dreaming of adventure, sets off on a long swim north. Arriving at last in London in 1935, he encounters the chance of a lifetime: auditions are on to find the face of a brand new publishing house. The penguin wins, of course, and so begins an adventure that takes him on to New York and into the hearts of readers around the world.

In The Journey of the Penguin, award-winning graphic artist Emiliano Ponzi delivers a boldly illustrated, wildly imaginative, and terrifically fun story—told entirely through image—that brings to life the “dignified yet flippant” bird chosen eighty years ago by Allen Lane as the name and icon of his revolutionary publishing business. With cameo appearances by legendary Penguin authors including Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, and Dorothy Parker, this exquisite, one-of-a-kind book celebrates the enduring appeal of storytelling.

Since this book is only a picture book it’s a little hard to describe what the book is about so I just took the description from Goodreads. Because it’s a picture book, my review will be a little different.

I loved the illustrations! The graphics and illustrations were eye catching, vibrant, and modern. I loved them! The main penguin in the book was so sweet and had an adorable face! I loved looking for the penguin in all the different scenes. My personal favorites were the London ones and Antarctica.

Because the book has no words you as the reader can kind of make up your own story based on the pictures. The picture gives a generic idea of what’s going on but I personally had fun creating my own little story to fit scene. In my mind I was thinking it would be a fun book to read to little kids and kind of create a little story or let the kid create a story with you as you are reading together.

In some ways I was hoping there could have been a few words to kind of frame the story but overall I was satisfied with the flow of the ‘story’ and it challenged me as a book reviewer to enjoy a story without words!

I especially love the cameo appearances of Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Dorothy Parker……that was fun to see.

If you are looking for a fun book to share with your kids or a fun little picture book about how the charming mascot came to be then book fits the bill. The illustrations are on point and so colorful….you won’t be disappointed!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi

  • Hardcover, 96 pages
    Published October 27th 2015 by Penguin Books
    0143107852 (ISBN13: 9780143107859)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review.

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: Children’s lit, picture books

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

One thought on “Review: The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi

  1. Definitely have to check this out! I love a good book without words. I actually have been working with some children with hyperlexia and we are exploring books with no words to get stuck on to help bring more creativity. Thanks for sharing!

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