A zany romp that demonstrates the fine line between fact and fiction. New paperback edition!

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!


Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children’s writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm. She is always busy cooking up more books and you can visit her on the web at www.megmckinlay.com

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.


…the language rolls from your tongue, the illustrations add richness to the words and encourage keen imaginations to extend the story … The Truth About Penguins has a droll sense of humour and the writing never patronises its audience…

The Age

The story has a quirky way about it that is quite charming … a sweet tale that will delight child and reader alike.



Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, 3-5 Years
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