Truth About Penguins, The

By Meg McKinlay
Illustrated by Mark Jackson

A zany romp that demonstrates the fine line between fact and fiction in the animal world.

The penguins are coming and there is great excitement at the zoo. But what s a penguin? The animals don t quite know what to expect - but they all have an opinion, each more outlandish than the last. When the truth about penguins is finally revealed, everyone is in for a surprise!

  • An hilarious, laugh-out-loud tale of exaggeration and hyperbole that kids will really love
  • Australian and New Zealand animals included in the story.
  • The debut picture book from Meg McKinlay with detailed illustrations by Mark Jackson will have children searching each page for added fun

About the author

Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. A poet as well as a children's writer, Meg developed an affinity with the Japanese language after going on an exchange year in high school, and went on to complete a PhD in Japanese Literature. She lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, where she has taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. Meg divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm but she is always busy cooking up more books. Meg McKinlay was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards for The Truth About Penguins in the Young Children Category and for Duck for a Day in the Lower Primary Category.

About the illustrator

Mark Jackson is an illustrator based in Melbourne. He has co-illustrated several books with his wife, Heather Potter, and their work has been featured in several exhibitions. The Truth About Penguins is his third picture book published with Walker Books Australia. Not Like Georgie written by Scott Hatcher was published in 2008 and Stuck! written by Charlotte Calder, published in 2009 was short-listed in the Young Children Category of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, and received a Notable mention in the Picture Book Category, Children s Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010. For more information and samples of his artwork, please visit his website:


2011: Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards


2010: CJ Korean Picture Book Awards


ISBN: 9781921150487
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NON S
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Dimensions: 277 x 247mm, 32pp
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Stock Low

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