Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith

Published by Random House 

Summary:  The penguin narrator has a laundry list of problems:  he doesn’t like snow, he can’t fly, he’s not buoyant enough and sinks in the ocean.  He looks silly when he waddles, he wishes he could fly, and all the penguins look so much alike, he can’t fine his parents (“Mom?”  “I literally have no idea who you are.”).  Finally an old walrus taps him on the shoulder and gives him some advice.  Yes, life can be challenging, but it’s important to notice the beautiful ocean, the warm sun, and the love of the rest of the penguins all around him.  The young penguin gets the message…sort of.  32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  A cute and funny story that makes a good point about appreciating life instead of complaining all the time.

Cons:  The penguin is still complaining on the last page.

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