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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“The Greatest Showpenguin is such an appealing story - it transports you into the world of the circus, with penguin pyramids and magicians and jugglers on almost every page. It also contains some very powerful messages, about finding your own space and setting your own path… perfect for sharing with those little ones who don’t always like to be the centre of attention.” Little Reader Loves
"A little circus penguin steals the show in a warm and wonderful picture book from multi-talented author and illustrator Lucy Freegard." Lancashire Post
“This such a sweet depiction of the importance of being true to one’s self, and of being surrounded by a supportive family who facilitate your dreams and allow them to flourish. I also like the way it demonstrates how our career choices aren’t set in stone, as we’re often led to believe at school. Lucy Freegard’s Penguins are just adorable, and HURRAH for a glasses-wearing protagonist.” Little Literary Society
“A sweet and beautifully illustrated tale.” Storytime Magazine
“This affirmative, heartwarming story gives readers plenty to think and talk about. In the gentlest possible way, it questions what it means to be successful, teaches us to follow our passions, and shows us that we can all find our own unique way to shine. Whilst the messages of this book offer a great deal, it is perhaps the illustrations that are the biggest draw. They are bold, vibrant, funny and well worth lingering over. Turn the pages to see penguins as you’ve never seen them before!” Armadillo Magazine
“An utterly enchanting story of being true to yourself and following your heart… perfect for inspiring young readers to follow their hearts and be brave… Wonderful illustrations throughout!” My Shelves are Full
"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." BookBairn
“A warm and wonderful picture book… Watch your little ones smile as they get caught up in the buzz and bustle of the big top and follow the trail of Poppy on her girl powered, action-packed journey from circus performer to high-flying impresario. Vibrant storytelling and watercolour illustration skills make this a show to remember!” Lancashire Evening Post
“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… It is impossible not to smile while reading this story… A fun and gentle story about self-growth and following one’s interests.” 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.” RedReadingHub
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