TITLE: My Penguin Osbert
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
ILLUSTRATOR: H. B. Lewis
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004
This year, I was very specific in my letter to Santa Claus.
Each year at Christmas, Joe writes a letter to Santa. But they’ve had a few misunderstandings in the past. Last year, for example, Joe wanted a fire-engine-red racecar with retracting headlights, and he did get one — but it was only three inches long. So this year Joe is really, really careful. He describes exactly what he wants — and on Christmas morning, guess what’s waiting for him under the tree! Santa has brought him a living, breathing, black-and-white penguin named Osbert. Will anything in Joe’s life ever be the same?
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I had to chuckle when I read this picture book. I could so completely relate to the main character’s predicament. Like him, I wished for a special pet to call my own. His was a live penguin. Mine was two cats. The IDEA of Osbert (and my cats) is to provide a companion to follow in our footsteps. What he actually gets is far more humorous than one would imagine. Both Osbert AND my cats rule the roost where we are merely their human servants! A cute addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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