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Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin

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Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin

by Steve Smallman

The Not So Brave PenguinJoin Percy penguin and Posy penguin doing what Antarctic penguins do—and bring along some kids for a fun time together. Storytime: The Not-So-Brave Penguin is an adorable picture book written and illustrated by Steve Smallman. It tells the tale of the adventurous daredevil Percy and his timid friend Posy. When Percy’s penchant for rollicking fun takes him over the edge, Posy finds the courage to overcome her biggest fear, the dark, to rescue him.

Children can identify readily with both characters and will enjoy talking about the plot, characters, emotions, and setting. The illustrations are outstanding and such that a non-reader could retell the story. The author follows up with suggestions for discussion and activities to enhance comprehension with charts and art activities.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Quarto Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Children’s Fiction

Notes:  Age Range: 4-8 years

  Grade Level: Preschool-2

Publication:   November 15, 2018—Quarto Publishing

Memorable Lines:

Percy penguin wasn’t scared of anything. 

He loved WHIZZING down snowy slopes on his tummy.

Posy penguin was not so brave. 

She shuffled down slopes on her bottom instead.


  1. Good review.😊

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  2. Shalini says:

    Oooh I loved loved loved the cover and your review. I am certainly buying this my niece loves penguin.. Oooh so happy

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  3. carhicks says:

    So glad you enjoyed this little book. I loved the illustrations so much. Great review Linda.

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  4. This looks adorable. But then I gave a soft spot for penguin books. Lovely review!

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    • lghiggins says:

      Me too! Marching around in little tuxedos, taking care of their egg, having a blast in the icy cold! What’s not to love? If you have not already read Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, I highly recommend it. Such a cute picture book about a nonconformist penguin and kids love it! I just saw on Amazon that there are many followup books, indicative of how popular the first one is.

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  5. Sounds so adorable!

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