(A finalist for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of a Nestlé Children's Book Prize Silver Award) Toddler Ben is delighted when he rips open his present and finds a penguin inside. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. Penguin says nothing. "Can't you talk?" says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Perhaps a passing lion will encourage Penguin to finally speak? Polly Dunbar's charmingly offbeat tale for prereaders is full of toddler logic and simple yet expressive drawings. This edition includes an animated reading by Emilia Fox on DVD.
"Visually, Ben's contortions and Lion's aplomb hearken back to early Sendak. While it's at first unclear whether the immutable Penguin is a stuffed toy, a pet or something else entirely, kids will know—by story's end at the very latest—that this bird's a friend. An attractively designed, child-appealing package."—Kirkus Reviews