Archie the Daredevil Penguin

illus. by Andy Rash. 40p. Viking. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780451471239.
PreS-Gr 2—Archie is a daredevil. Every other penguin in the colony knows about his exciting inventions and his feats of strength and bravery. What many of those penguins don't realize is that while Archie may be a daredevil, he has one very large fear: he'll do anything to avoid the water and the strange creatures who lurk in the briny deep. When Archie is dunked into the ocean and then swallowed by a whale, he finds that swimming can actually be fun. And those "strange" creatures give him supportive advice instead of eating him up. Rash tells this tale through comic book panels and dialogue. This choice suits Archie's story perfectly. While the penguins in the colony look up to Archie, it isn't until he faces his fear that he really becomes part of the community. And all of the marine life support him—there's lots of cheering from everyone (including the hilarious mayor) for each invention. This book has saturated, vivid color in the panels. There is lots of action, energy, and sound effects to make this a fun and engrossing read-aloud.
VERDICT A sure-to-be popular choice with a great deal of humor in it.

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