The Greatest Showpenguin
(Written and illustrated by Lucy Freegard)
Published by Pavilion Children's Books - 4 Feb 2021, Paperback
A heartwarming story about overcoming fears and the meaning of success.
Poppy the Penguin comes from a long line of circus performers. Many skills have been passed down from penguin to penguin. However, Poppy soon decides that performing in the family circus is not for her, as she prefers to feel calm and in control. But the hardest thing is not juggling, or riding a unicycle - it's telling her mum that she doesn't want to perform any more. Her bravery is worth it when Poppy discovers a better role -organising and coordinating the whole show. And what a show it turns out to be!
This tale of overcoming shyness and lack of confidence is both a funny and sensitive parody of the record-breaking movie The Greatest Showman, and a celebration of girl power!
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"A little circus penguin steals the show in a warm and wonderful picture book from multi-talented author and illustrator Lucy Freegard. The magic of sawdust, sequins and spectacle of circus life spring to vivid life in this super, showstopping celebration of trusting your instincts, speaking up for yourself, discovering your unique talents, and finding a way to shine. Vibrant storytelling and watercolour illustration skills make this a show to remember!" Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post
"What a powerful little picture book this one is! It’s a show stopping celebration about trusting your instincts, being true to yourself, discovering your unique talents and finding your own way to shine." Kim, BookBairn
"This is not only the most joyous story about self-discovery and embracing who you are, it also contains some of the cutest picture book penguins. Penguins on unicycles, penguins bouncing in trampolines, penguins in clown costumes and penguins stuffed into show canons. It is impossible not to smile while reading this story. Young children who have tried hard to please adults will relate to Poppy. The message in the narrative is that the adults who love you will be proud of you whoever you choose to be." Louise Nettleton, BookMurmuration
"Lucy Freegard’s story highlights both the fact that each and every individual has a special ‘something’, and the importance of following your heart and being the best you can no matter what you choose to do. The watercolour illustrations have a freeze-frame quality about them as well as an abundance of pattern in the details making you want to pause and take time to enjoy each one." Jill Bennett, RedReadingHub
© Lucy Freegard 2021