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I Am Not a Penguin: A Pangolin's Lament



by
Liz Wong

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Knopf
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780593127414
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This hilarious story of a pangolin with an identity crisis will be loved by fans of Penguin Problems and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.

Poor pangolin—he’s trying to explain who he is, but all the other animals keep getting confused.

You have scales—like a snake? A long tongue—like a frog? A strong scent—like a skunk? You can roll in a ball—like an armadillo? And a name that sounds a lot like…penguin? We love penguins!

“No, no, no! I am not a penguin! There are no penguins here!”

But then, just when it couldn’t get worse, a penguin arrives!!

What’s a poor pangolin got to do to be understood?!

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD470L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Animals. Pangolins. Penguins. Mammals. Animal behavior and characteristics.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

An orange, scaled mammal puts up signage (“Meet the Pangolin”) before addressing readers directly: “Hi there! You may not have met someone like me before. I’m a pangolin, and I’m here to tell you all about pangolins.” With posters and a pointer, the pangolin begins to share information about itself. A crowd of animals gathers for the poster session but repeatedly interrupts the creature: “Did somebody say penguins?” “Ooooh! I love penguins!” The pangolin’s frustration builds until it explodes into a full-page, all-caps outburst. This stuns the crowd for a moment, but then the tension is cut by the arrival of an actual, and very popular, penguin. The obstreperous crew dumps the pangolin to go surfing, but a human child remains, eager to explore the pangolin’s fact-filled posters—and giving readers a chance to learn from them, too. Pastel colors and textured gouache paintings pop atop substantial white space. Though there are no citations, the straightforward facts and cheeky dialogue are engaging, well-paced, and presented clearly in either poster-shaped rectangles or speech balloons. Recommended for fans of Maxwell Eaton III’s Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals series (The Truth About Butterflies, rev. 5/20, and more). ELISA GALL

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

An orange, scaled mammal puts up signage (“Meet the Pangolin”) before addressing readers directly: “Hi there! You may not have met someone like me before. I’m a pangolin, and I’m here to tell you all about pangolins.” With posters and a pointer, the pangolin begins to share information about itself. A crowd of animals gathers for the poster session but repeatedly interrupts the creature: “Did somebody say penguins?” “Ooooh! I love penguins!” The pangolin’s frustration builds until it explodes into a full-page, all-caps outburst. This stuns the crowd for a moment, but then the tension is cut by the arrival of an actual, and very popular, penguin. The obstreperous crew dumps the pangolin to go surfing, but a human child remains, eager to explore the pangolin’s fact-filled posters—and giving readers a chance to learn from them, too. Pastel colors and textured gouache paintings pop atop substantial white space. Though there are no citations, the straightforward facts and cheeky dialogue are engaging, well-paced, and presented clearly in either poster-shaped rectangles or speech balloons. Recommended for fans of Maxwell Eaton III’s Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals series (The Truth About Butterflies, rev. 5/20, and more). ELISA GALL

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