Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge by Harper Collins Children’s Books to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.
Age Range: Toddler upwards
Manufacturer’s Description: In this much-anticipated sequel to the internationally best-selling picture book Lost and Found, we re-visit the boy and the penguin after their trip to the South Pole… The boy and the penguin still enjoy spending all their time together… That is, until the penguin starts to dream of flying, ignoring the boys advice that it is impossible. Running away, the penguin visits place after place, searching for a chance to get his feet off the ground. But will flying be everything he had hoped? And is the boy missing him, as much as he is missing the boy?
A heart-warming story about friendship, love and reaching for your dreams, from highly-regarded, multi-award-winning author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: Georgie is just starting to really enjoy picture books (as opposed to trying to eat them), and loves to sit on my lap and look at the pictures while I read books to her. Even though most of the picture books that we have, including this one, are too difficult for her to understand, she really loves to sit and look through any that have fantastic illustrations that are colourful and fun.
The story of Up and Down is very cute – the penguin is determined to fly and wants to figure out a way to do it on his own, which lands him in a bit of hot water! He loses his friend and ends up a bit lonely, and a bit nervous too. Happily the little boy comes to his rescue (of course!) and they go home to play backgammon!
We were sent the edition that comes with a CD, which features both a dramatisation and a page by page read aloud version. Both of these are voiced by Richard E Grant who, let’s face it, has one of the best voices in the world for this sort of thing. They are a joy to listen to and it will be fun to teach Georgie how to turn the page when she hears the noise, when she is a little older.
The illustrations in this book are just adorable – the style is simple yet fun, and there are enough colours and pictures to keep Georgie’s attention focused on the book for the entire read through. She loves to sit and look through the book at all the pages – we had a hard time getting it off her last night when she was supposed to be going to bed instead!
The only negative we have to say about the book is that it can be a little hard to read the text on one or two of the pages – where the words are printed on top of one of the illustrations, and the contrast between the colours isn’t enough for the text to be easily seen. Other than that small criticism I have nothing but good things to say about this book! All three of us have enjoyed it – James had a go at reading it to her last night and I could hear a few little giggles escape from his mouth as he read the story for the first time.
Watch this video to get a little taste of the book…
4 stars for an attractive & fun picture book with a heart-warming story!