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Penguin and the Pea, The

illustrated by Janet Perlman

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Sad and lonely, the Penguin Prince longs to find the perfect penguin princess to be his wife. Then one stormy night, a wet and bedraggled penguin arrives at the castle claiming to be a princess. The prince falls deeply in love with the beautiful and mysterious stranger. But is she really a princess? In this sparkling and whimsical retelling of The Princess and the Pea, there's only one sure way to find out.

About the author

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and illustrator of funny children’s books and a director of funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes.As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and film, but as an art student, she found her passion for telling stories through her drawings. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork in the computer. The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes is one of a trilogy of penguinized retellings of fairy tales, which include Cinderella Penguin, and The Penguin and the Pea. Two of her books are based on animated films she made at the National Film Board of Canada: Cinderella Penguin (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin) and The Delicious Bug (Dinner For Two).

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Editorial Reviews

Perlman's visual details inject plenty of additional humor.

Publishers Weekly

Perlman's animation-style illustrations, drawn by hand in ink, then computer-coloured, create a vibrant cartoon kingdom of penguin characters that are expressive and likeable. Her first fairy tale picture book, Cinderella Penguin, presented more opportunity for bird-related puns and props (such as the “glass flipper”), but this retelling is still loads of fun with its avian spin on a classic story and its “flappily ever after” ending.

Quill & Quire

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