Written and illustrated: by Debi Gliori
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books, 2002, Fiction
Suitable for: Preschool – Kindergarten (ages 3-6)
Themes/Topics: the arrival of a young sibling.
Opening and brief synopsis: Milo is the youngest in a long line of Penguin Post penguins. But a new sibling is on the way. Milo’s not sure how he feels about this, but bringing packages to his neighbors turns out to be more fun than Milo thought, and then a big surprise at the end of his route becomes the best delivery of all.
Why I like this book: For the humour and vibrant illustrations and because I have a soft spot for penguins.
Longer Version I honestly don’t often read picture books where I want to read them again and again, but this one I do. The main character is so cute, the pictures so humorous and the story so endearing, that I have reread it several times, smiling each time! Milo is the youngest in a family of penguin post penguins, running a very busy polar post office. Everyone is busy, what with sorting and delivering mail, doing the shopping and sitting on the soon-to-be-hatched egg.
Milo is a little preoccupied by the thought of a sibling, so to take his mind off it, he offers to deliver the day’s parcels. He proceeds to make some perilous journeys to some hilarious addresses; delivering a papoose for mama Oose, a zzzleepsuit to Bee U Tiful, for her baby, a fish to Cool Cat and her kitties at Dustbin number 8, and a bottle of baby stars for Stella Polaris. All these mothers ask after the unhatched egg.
Now, Dad was left in charge of the egg, so Milo is surprised when he realizes that by some error, the egg was placed in his mailbag and is about to hatch. He hurries home to safely present his baby brother to his parents and Dad discovers what he has been keeping warm, is in fact a special gift for Milo. This is a smiley, big brother story, with zany, bold, colorful illustrations for any kid or adult to enjoy.
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