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Little Dee and the Penguin by Christopher Baldwin | SLJ Review

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redstarBaldwin, Christopher. Little Dee and the Penguin. illus. by Christopher Baldwin. 128p. Dial. Apr. 2016. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9780803741089; lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9781101994290. Baldwin, Christopher. Little Dee and the Penguin

Gr 4-6 –Hilarity ensues when Paisley the penguin, far from her native Antarctica, recruits a sarcastic vulture, a dim-witted dog, and a kindhearted bear to take her home. Along with them is Dee, an orphan girl who inserts herself into the adventure. Dee never says a word but always manages to get her point across. While making their way to the South Pole, the group befriend various indigenous creatures, as they simultaneously fend off a pair of deranged polar bears who have been pursuing Paisley the whole time. Baldwin’s crisp, bright art and clever text create a noteworthy tale. The characters have distinct personalities, and whether cheerful, clueless, or annoying, they draw readers into an emotionally well-rounded story with a satisfying conclusion. This full-color, laugh-out-loud work has an abundance of adventure, charm, and notable characters. VERDICT A feel-good offering about friends, family, and love, this book is a winner for middle grade graphic novel fans.–Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2016 issue.

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