By Polly Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

A penguin turns out to be the perfect present in this beautiful 10th anniversary edition of an award-winning classic.

"This heart-warming book conjures imagination, anger, danger and love, while encouraging small children to remember events, read pictures and laugh" The Sunday Times A stunning 10th anniversary edition of a modern classic from Polly Dunbar, the creator of Hello Tilly. This is the story of Ben, who couldn’t be more delighted to find a penguin friend inside his present. “Hello, Penguin!” he says. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, pulls his funniest face, puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance ... but still Penguin says nothing. It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks – and, when he does, Ben discovers that some things are worth the wait. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of numerous other awards, this is a beautiful edition to share and treasure with a foreword and gorgeous gold foil on the cover and spine.

  • Penguin has won numerous awards: the Book Trust Early Years Award, the Practical Pre-School Award and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Simple and stylish, colourful and charming, the contemporary artwork perfectly captures the magic in this heart-warming story
  • A luxurious new edition with a foreword, gorgeous gold embossing on the cover and spine, and a gold foil sticker

About the author

Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of Arthur’s Dreamboat and the bestselling picture book Penguin, winner of numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Years Award and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award. She is also the illustrator of My Dad’s a Birdman, by David Almond, and Shoe Baby and Pat-a-Cake Baby, both written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her collection of titles beginning with Hello Tilly were made into an animations series, Tilly and Friends, as seen on Cbeebies. She is the co-founder of Long Nose Puppets, a children’s theatre company. Polly lives in Brighton, Sussex. Find her 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: 9781406373318
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Dimensions: 215 x 260mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 24/06/18 at 23:44:58
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