Synopses & Reviews
What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!
"This beguiling tale featuring the round-headed lad from Jeffers's debut book, How to Catch a Star, begins, 'Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door.' Enticing, spare text and watercolor pictures follow the earnest, red-and-white-striped shirt clad child's quest to help the sad-looking penguin find its way home. He checks with the Lost and Found Office ('But no one was missing a penguin') and futilely asks some birds and the rubber duck that shares his bath for guidance before reading (in a book drolly entitled Where Penguins Come From) that his new friend hails from the South Pole. After making sure their rowboat is ship-shape, the two set out to sea, the child rowing south while telling stories to the rapt penguin, sitting in the bow, endearingly holding a striped umbrella over its head when the weather turns stormy. The prose reflects the hero's sudden sadness after he sees the bird home (there 'was no point telling stories now because there was no one to listen except the wind and the waves'). Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will likely request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained. Ages 4-up. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will…request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Children will immediately like these two funny little guys, whose exposed stitching make them seem both Velveteen and vulnerable. They’ll also fall for the book’s soothing cadence and rolling rhythms. . . Winsomely ambiguous and otherworldly, this sweet, quirky story offers fantastic footholds for dizzying discussion”
“Scenic, dreamy, and dramatic . . . conveys a vast range of emotions and paints a picture of the love and trust between true friends.”—School Library Journal
"This was my (Phil’s) absolute favorite book of the year. I love this book. Erin and I taught a writing workshop this year as a fundraiser. We made sure to read this book aloud to a room of adults as an example of how to write a beautiful book."
—Philip and Erin Stead, author and illustrator of Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Alone on a patch of ice, a penguin “enjoy[s] the peace and quiet,” but then loneliness sets in. In a lucky twist of fate, a top hat akin to one a magician might wear drifts by, “[a]nd from that hat popped a little penguin!” But then, evoking the folkloric magic porridge pot, the hat ends up holding a seemingly endless succession of little penguins. “Now the penguin wasn’t lonely anymore,” the text reports, and scenes of baby penguins frolicking about, making a snowman, playing with an array of rainbow-colored balls and a colorful string of scarves ensue. . . . [W]atercolor illustrations delight in the penguins’ sheer cuteness. A sweet picture-book treatment of penguins and parenting.—Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderful story of friendship and caring, "When Blue Met Egg" is charged with imagination, embellished with delightful illustrations, and is, quite simply, perfect!" - Kendal Rautzhan, Books to Borrow...Books to Buy
"This sweet story of devotion and friendship illustrates the joy that comes from caring for another. The creative cut-paper artwork adds an additional level of interest and takes readers on a fascinating birds-eye tour of the Big Apple." - School Library Journal review of When Blue Met Egg
"Wards engaging and imperfectly cut cut-paper illustrations are full of witty urban references." - NYTimes.com review of When Blue Met Egg
Jeffers' unique tale of friendship lost and found, featuring a boy and a penguin making a journey to the South Pole, is simply told and beautifully illustrated. Full color.
About the Author
(www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found
, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Childrens Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle
, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me,
a New York Times
bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.