Tuesday, January 1, 2013

GIVEAWAY! PENGUIN'S HIDDEN TALENT written and illustrated by Alex Latimer

About Book

The talent show is coming up and Penguin doesn't have a special skill to showcase - or does he?
All of Penguin's friends are excited about the upcoming talent show, but Penguin can't seem to figure out what he can do. He tries juggling appliances with Bear, doing magic tricks with Rabbit, and burping the alphabet with Fox, but he doesn't seem to be good at any of it.
Stuck behind the scenes organizing, Penguin leaves the contest saddened, the only one who hasn't received a medal. His friends decide to throw him a party to make him feel better, but their festivities fizzle. That's when Penguin discovers he might have some special skills after all as he sets to work planning the best party ever.
  • Age  4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561456292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561456291
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches

About Author & Illustrator
Alex Latimer lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. The Boy Who Cried Ninja is his first book for children. He lives in South Africa. Africa.
You can visit Alex Latimer’s website here.

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My Thoughts

Penguin was just as excited as his friends about the Talent Show.  All of his friends have a talent and are entering the Talent Show.  Penguin thought and thought and could not come up with a talent.  He discussed this with his friends and they tried to teach Penguin their talent but there was no use, Penguin in his opinion was untalented. 

Penguin told his friends it was okay he would plan the Talent Show.  He busied himself on the phone, making posters and many other things for the show.  

His friends were amazed at the wonderful job Penguin did arranging everything.  The Talent Show was a big success and his friends won many prizes.  It made him sad that he had not been able to enter the Talent Show.  His friends watched him leave and they felt so sorry for Penguin.  They wondered what could they do to show their thanks for all the work he did to arrange the talent show.  So they gave him a party which was the worst party anyone had ever arranged.  

Surely Penguin had a talent.  Do you think he was jealous of his friends talent? What do you think was Penguin's talent?  What did he do for the Talent Show?

Be sure to grab a copy of this book and find out what was Penguin's talent.  

The author points out that everyone has a talent only if they believe in themselves and are persistent in searching deep within for that hidden talent.  I remember hearing my grandmother say, "An ear should not be jealous of the nose or a hand be jealous of the foot. They are all very important so when we say we are not as pretty or talented as someone else, we are very wrong because we are each important in many ways."   This works both ways for you or someone else.  We each have a purpose!

The illustrations depict the story of the characters and their surroundings.  Way too cute!  Many things for the child to find and point out and name with the encouragement of the story teller.  

I recommend this book for children ages 4-8!

I rated this book a 4 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

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  1. Sounds great I love kids books I have 5 kids and read lots to them. lisapeters at yahoo dot com

    1. Congratulations! You are the winner of a hardcover copy of PENGUINS HIDDEN TALENT.

  2. I'm sorry I missed the giveaway... :(
    But it looks like a cute book so thanks for sharing!

  3. Sounds like a great book with an important message. I'm bummed I missed the giveaway. :(

    Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


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