By Polly Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Can a penguin be the perfect present? Find out in this modern classic from acclaimed picture book creator Polly Dunbar.

In the multiple award-winning modern classic from Polly Dunbar, author-illustrator of Hello Tilly, Ben couldn't be more delighted to find a penguin inside his present. “Hello, Penguin!” he says. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, he pulls his funniest face, he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. “Can’t you talk?” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks ... and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait.

  • Winner of the 2008 Chilren's Book Award for Younger Readers.
  • Whimsical and comical illustrations matched with fun quirky text.
  • Children will delight in the imaginative relationship between a little boy and his penguin.

About the author

Polly Dunbar is a major star in the picture-book firmament. She is the author-illustrator of Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, and the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her best-selling book Penguin has won numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Years Award, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize, the Practical Pre-School Award and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her collection of titles beginning with Hello Tilly have been made into an animated series, Tilly and Friends, currently airing on CBeebies. Polly lives in Beccles, Suffolk. Find Polly online at and on twitter as @PollyDunbar.


2008: Kate Greenaway Medal

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established by The Library Association in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. - Shortlisted

2008: UKLA Children's Publishing Awards

Bi-annual award focusing on literacy. - Winner

2007: British Book Design and Production Awards - Children's Trade

Award for books either published, designed, typeset or bound in the UK. - Shortlisted

2007: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

The Nestlé Children's Book Prize is one of the UK's longest running prizes. The Prize celebrates the very best in children's literature, and, over the years, around half a million school children have been involved in choosing the winning authors. - Winner

2007: Practical Pre-School Awards

The Practical Pre-School Awards have been designed to identify and reward excellence in the field of educational equipment, childcare, books and toys, suitable for children aged from 0-8 years old to use in professional childcare and educational settings. - Winner

2007: Red House Children's Book Award

Red House Children's Book Award - Winner

2007: The Booktrust Early Years Awards

Awarded to books that exemplify the remarkable creativity in words, design and illustration necessary to encourage young children to read. - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9781406312461
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: February 1, 2008
Dimensions: 215 x 260mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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