Penguin's Hidden Talent

illus. by author. 32p. Peachtree. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-56145-629-1. LC 2011020996.
PreS-Gr 1—Penguin's community is putting on a talent show that will include juggling, fish swallowing, magic, and, perhaps most importantly, burping the alphabet. But Penguin can't do any of these things. And as his friends continue to suggest ideas, it becomes apparent that he doesn't have any of the traditional talents, so he decides to help organize the show instead. It goes very smoothly and boasts such novelties as the King of Norway speaking on self-confidence, a famous band playing, and fireworks. After his friends try their hand at what Penguin has done so easily, they begin to realize his true talent-organizing events-and he is honored for his skills. The illustrations are clean and simple, with a cool-toned palette, and lots of humor packed into them. There is the toaster that Penguin attempts to juggle (but throws into a tree). Or the albatross hovering in midair after the show, with a gleaming medal around its neck. This is a fun book to read, but it also carries the message that not everyone has to be good at the same things. Sometimes you really need a penguin to plan the party.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ

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