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Children’s Books – Penguin’s Hidden Talent, Croc & Bird

| March 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

A cute selection of new books out on the market for you:

Penguin's Hidden TalentPenguin’s Hidden Talent, by Alex Latimer

Penguin’s Hidden Talent, is a cute book about a Penguin and his, uhm, hidden talent. There is a competition happening and all the animals are getting ready by practising their particular skill. There is juggling, magic, fish eating, all sorts. Penguin can’t for the life of him think of what he is good at. The other animals try and help him, but alas, Penguin can’t do any of their talents. So he sighs, resigns himself and helps organise the talent show…… a very good talent show in fact. And soon they discover what Penguin really is good at. A sweet story about how we are all good at something and that it isn’t always obvious. I love the illustrations (they remind me of Oliver Jeffer’s The Great Paper Caper a little). Very cute indeed. If you like penguins, you will adore this.

Croc and Bird Croc & Bird, Alexis Deacon

By the author of Beegu, this is a sweet story about an unlikely friendship – it starts with two eggs – well nothing strange about that. But out of one hatches a little bird (who later turns into a beautiful blue parrot) and out of the other a crocodile. They accept the other as who they are and start “growing up” together, inventing ways of surviving as they are. One day they come across a group of parrots and crocodiles and suddenly realise that they are different. They decide to go their separate ways… but soon realise that the other parrots and that the other crocodiles are not like them and don’t understand them… and so they find their way back to each other and live happily ever after. Together. Unlikely, but as brothers.  Quirky, different.



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  1. Suzy says:

    We have Beegu and Slow Loris (which I prefer) so will definitely be looking up Croc & Bird. The illustrations are so different in Deacon\’s books, it sets them apart from a lot of my daughter\’s other bedtime favourites.

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