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Ages baby - age 7
Pingu is one of our all time favourite characters. My oldest son has loved Pingu since he was only 1 year old and the youngest has followed suit.
Pingu is just naughty enough to really appeal to children.
This book is taken directly from the newer HiT Entertainment episodes. The illustrations are photographic stills of the claymation from the programme, and as such are very well done.
Pingu's day begins on a sour note when Pingu's Mother serves fish porridge for breakfast. It does not look very appetising, just a bowl of green mush with a fish skeleton. Pingu tries to slip away from the table without breakfast but is caught by Mother and ordered to stay put until his porridge is gone. Of course Pingu is a bit too resourceful to actually eat the stuff, instead he dumps it into his rucksack.
This will certainly bring back memories for any one who grew up in the days when children were expected to clean their plates before leaving the table. Unfortunately Pingu is not aware of the tried and true method of lining whatever the food is being dumped into with plastic bags - which I can assure you works brilliantly.
Pingu thinks he will get his best friend, Robby the seal to eat the porridge, but the seal refuses on the grounds that it smells atrocious. Robbie think a food fight will be a better idea, but it all ends up on poor Pingu. Robby lets Pingu know he stinks to bad to play with and Pingu sets off for home, but this just is not Pingu's day and he ends up even more smelly before making it home. Even his parents do not want to be near him, so he heads for the bath, but there is still one more stink in store for Pingu!
Finally Pingu is clean and ready for dinner, what will it be?
My sons, ages 2 and 5 both really enjoy this book and get a good laugh at Pingu's misfortunes. Young children seem to find some one else being stinky very amusing anyway. The illustrations are lovely and the facial expressions on the characters just perfect lending more enjoyment to this book.
The book has 24 pages and very large bold print. It would be suitable for readers who already know at least 75 words. It also makes a lovely quick story to read aloud.