Be Brave Little Penguin


Be Brave Little Penguin by Giles Andreae
Published by Orchard Books January 2017
Format: ARC
Source: Hachette Publisher

I give this book:


There is nothing like opening the first pages of that new, crisp book and seeing a cute little brave penguin looking up at the title.This endearing story sends a very important message to children and their adult storytellers about how we are all different and how we can be brave even when we are small and scared!

I have enjoyed Andreae’s “Giraffes Can’t Dance” in the past which I am sure many of you have read, and have found the book to be a hit with groups of children.  For this reasonI knew that this book was likely not to disappoint, and it didn’t!


One of my favourite parts of the book is Pip-Pip’s mummy saying “We all have certain fears that might be hard to understand…” This sends a positive message to children, showing them that we all have fears .  The book continues with the mummy encouraging Pip-Pip to have a go, something that we instill in children from a young age.


I like that this books rhymes, particularly as a storyteller in a library setting as I know this keeps the group engaged.  Rhyming also enables you to get into a rhythm with the book, with children learning the words a little easier because it becomes rhythmic like songs are.  I wouldn’t recommend in reading this to a group of under 3 year olds as it is much better suited to older children in a group setting.  However, I do recommend reading this one on one with toddlers.

The illustrations are really delightful and I enjoyed looking past Pip-Pip and seeing little fish swimming about, other penguins and icebergs.  Overall Giles Andreae and illustrator Giles Parker-Rees together have created a beautiful book that encourages children to be brave and to give new things a go.

I received this book free of charge from Hachette Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect the content of my review.

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