The King Penguin

The King Penguin
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September 26, 2023
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King Penguin is off to find subjects who will listen to him—as long as they don’t eat him first, in this cheeky tale by beloved author-illustrator Vanessa Roeder

Percival the King Penguin doesn’t think he’s asking for too much when he makes all the rules—he is a king after all. But he’s tired of the other penguins protesting, so he’s off to find subjects who are more obedient and supportive.

But it won't be the seals.

Or the whales.

And definitely not the rude sardines.

As Percival gets chased away by every new group of potential subjects, he’ll have to learn how to put his best flipper forward and live in a community, not a kingdom.

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Cute and Funny!
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King Penguin is the ruler of all the penguins, but his subjects don't seem to feel the same. They don't want him to tell them what to do and instead kick him out. So, King Penguin sets off to find a new group of people who needs his leadership. However, he quickly realizes that the grass isn't greener on the other side when just about everything tries to eat him. What will he do now, especially after he runs into an Emperor Penguin?

THE KING PENGUIN is a story about respecting the opinions of others with a wrap full of humor.
The "macaroni/pasta penguin" is the cutest addition to draw out some laughs and add a bit more interest to the subjects. The illustrations are adorable with speech bubbles to add variation to the text. I love the wording and how the pristine penguin is described with "p"s. I had as much fun reading this as my daughter did listening.

Final Verdict: THE KING PENGUIN is a cute story perfect for fans of penguins and humor. I enjoyed reading this to my daughter and added accents to give it a royal spin that had her laughing. We immediately had to read it again, which was fine by me.
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