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The author of the book: Jeanne Willis
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Date of issue: 2015
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"What are you doing here?" wondered Mr. White.
"We're going to a picnic at the South Pole," said Pog.
"This is the North Pole, my friends," said Mr. White.
"The South Pole is 12,430 miles THAT way."
"Anyone can make a mistake," Mr. Pilchard-Brown said with a shrug.
"Don't think of it as a mistake," said Mr. White.
"Think of it as the start of a big adventure.
Maybe I could help you find your way home.
I have often dreamed of being the first
polar bear to reach the South Pole."
Some idiot penguins end up in the North Pole and meet a polar bear. They get lost on their way to a picnic. The bear wants to go to the South Pole. Then all these idiots try to find the South Pole, wandering through various other parts of the world.
The book reminded me a lot of Every Color
It had a lot of problems. Let's review:
1.) The penguins are little idiots. I'm not sure if it is supposed to be funny, but I found it annoying.
"Is it a lion? Is it a tiger?" asked Peeky and Poots.
"Is it a picnic blanket?" asked Pog.
The enormous something looked them up and down.
He had never seen anything like the Pilchard-Browns before.
"I'm Mr. White," he said.
"I'm a polar bear, and you are?"
"Parrots!" said Peeky and Poots.
"Pork pies!" said Pog.
"We're penguins," said Mrs. Pilchard-Brown.
2.) Each time they visit a new country, a penguin chick asks if they can have their picnic yet. The answer is always 'no.' By the end of the book, they still haven't eaten anything! And they've traveled over 36,000 miles! I'm sorry, that's just ridiculous. Those poor, starving creatures.
3.) Each country they visited is characterized by things that the author feels represent the country.
For instance, in the United States we get: howdy, busy, buzzing, and awesome. We get 5th Avenue (USA = NYC apparently), bubble gum, taxi cabs, and street musicians.
In England we get: How do you do?, gray, grand, and charming. We get double-decker buses, Big Ben, newspapers, telephone booths, rain, rain, rain, The London Eye, (England = London, apparently), and kites.
In Italy we get: Ciao, wet, wonderful, and magnifico. We get gondolas and gelato. And... that's about it. Yeah. Italy kind of gets the shaft here.
In India we get: namaste, hot, huge, and dazzling. We get turbaned men, snake charmers, Taj Mahal, and rickshaws. And... that's it.
In Australia we get: g'day, faster, fun, and bonzer. We get jet-skiing. We get the Sydney Opera House. We get ... ... Wait, that's it.
I don't think the countries are explored or explained very well, but it might give you a jumping off point for young readers. I mean, if they can learn to visually identify the Sydney Opera House (and they don't live in Australia), I think that's a win. Perhaps the book will give them ideas about traveling, which is good.
4.) The ending is really stupid. The penguins and Mr. White get to the South Pole, no one gets to eat a picnic, the polar bear abruptly leaves, saying he has to get home. When he gets back to the North Pole, a baby penguin hatches out of his hat. The idiot penguin family shows up in a hot air balloon, saying someone had snuck the egg into Mr. White's hat. Still no one has eaten. o.O I guess they are finally going to eat their picnic at the North Pole? Seriously, they would all be dead of starvation right now. DEAD. DEAD. You might want to discuss that with the children. LOL *grin*
Tl;dr - I didn't like this much. I did like the illustrations and the traveling around the world, but the stupidity of the animals and the fact that they never get to eat their picnic really annoyed me. I can only give this two stars.
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Read information about the authorJeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including POLLY POCKET and THE SLOW NORRIS, and a pilot TV series for DR XARGLE. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.
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