Saturday 28 April 2012

Picture book review : Penguin's Hidden Talent - Alex Latimer

There aren't a huge number of words in Penguin's Hidden Talent picture book but the author, Alex Latimer, nevertheless manages to create a lovable anti-hero that we can all relate to, whatever our age!

The story is simple but gives a great life-lesson to young readers. Penguin wants to get involved in a talent show but he's not very good at any of the impressive things that his friends can do, be that swallowing large fish, doing magic tricks or juggling electrical appliances ! He eventually gives up and helps out behind the scenes with the organising but he feels a bit left out so his friends throw him a surprise party to cheer him up. Their heart is in the right place but it's a bit of a flop - until Penguin steps in and realises that his hidden talent is party-planning and organising !

The "everybody is good at something and nobody is good at everything" message is ideal for Sophie, who's a total perfectionist, and the illustrations are full of funny and unexpected details that made us smile as we all read it together. Juliette thought the badly spelt banner was hilarious !

It's a cute, fun book, ideal for readers of any age, that is guaranteed to make you go awwww !

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £5.99

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 055256267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552562676
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 23.1 x 0.5 cm

Disclosure : I received a free review copy of the book from the publishers.

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