The King Penguin

Dial. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593324417.
PreS-Gr 1–Percival Penguin is positive he’s perfect in his presiding role over his penguin colony; he is a king penguin, after all. But when Percival’s pals stop listening to him, he resolves to find other subjects to rule. In the end, Percival learns being in charge doesn’t mean bossing everyone around and eating all the fish; he must learn to rule properly. This adorable and hilarious picture book uses bright watercolors and large, easy-to-read black text to tell the tale. The first page, with its individual pictures and names of different penguins that will appear in the book, helps distinguish the penguins from one another, allowing readers to see individuals beyond Percival. Alliteration abounds in the form of hard P’s popping up all through the pages. Educators or caregivers reading to children will be laughing along with the silly jokes sprinkled into the illustrations between the text, and kids will enjoy the scrapes Percival finds himself in.
VERDICT A joyful story hour read for fans of the classic Mr. Popper’s Penguins, or for any child learning to sound out words. Percival and his pals will teach kiddos precisely how to rule.

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