Cupid strikes at the South Pole in this “love”ly follow up to Elizabeth Cody Kimmel’s My Penguin Osbert. Osbert returns to the doorstep of the black-haired little boy who received him at Christmastime along with some of his friends, hoping to attend the “Once-in-a-Century South Pole Extravaganza.” They want the black-haired little boy to take them there in his new helicopter. Traveling due south, the group arrives just in time for the festivities. While the southern lights catch everyone’s attention, it’s the girl penguin, Aurora Australis, who catches Osbert’s attention. The black-haired little boy tries to tell Osbert time and again it’s time to go home, but Osbert is so busy playing flipperball, bellysliding and making a giant snow penguin with Aurora, he doesn’t want to leave. Sadly, the black-hair boy makes his way back to helicopter sans Osbert, only to find his flippered friend and Aurora waiting for him there and ready to go!
A “cool” book that is just right for Valentine’s Day. The slightly larger format of this picture book really makes the the illustrations pop. Though the story may seem wordy at first glance, don’t be deceived. The text is in slightly larger than average print and the story moves along quickly. The larger text helps to makes My Penguin Osbert in Love a good read-aloud, allowing you to see the text more clearly and not lose your place if you look up to your audience. One read of this book and you will be in love with Osbert, too.
My Penguin Osbert in Love, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis, Candlewick Press, $16.99 (ages 3-6)