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When Grandad Was a Penguin

Written by Morag Hood

Illustrated by Morag Hood

Early Years Family / Home Stories Humorous

LoveReading View on When Grandad Was a Penguin

With its strikingly simple images, this picture book will give children lots to think and talk about and will also have them laughing out loud. Grandad’s acting out of character and he looks different too: his clothes don’t fit very well and he keeps turning up in the strangest of places (like the freezer). Of course children will see it’s not Grandad at all, but a penguin. A trip to the zoo, where Grandad looks very at home with the penguins, puts things right. It’s a book that makes you look really closely – how alike are Grandad and the penguins? There’s a wonderful twist in the tail too.

Andrea Reece

When Grandad Was a Penguin Synopsis

Last time I went to see Grandad, he seemed a little different. What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love the witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference.

When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old. Morag Hood's artwork is gorgeously bold and stylish and her illustrative talent and keen eye for design won her a place as runner up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

When Grandad Was a Penguin Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Morag's debut title, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Elissa Watkin, age 3 - 'Beautiful, simple and charming story about embracing friend’s differences! Our three year old daughter loved this book from the moment she saw it.'
  • Sabrina Chorley, age 4 - 'This was a very funny book with funny illustrations, Colin and Lee is a lovely story about friendship.'
  • Eleanor Haines, age 4 and mum Tanya - 'this book is much better suited for a younger audience. Simple, bright pictures. Simple short text so that they don't get bored, and a nice message about being friends.'
  • Jack, age 4 and mum Emma - 'What a quirky but fun book!... It seems very simple on the surface but led to some thoughtful conversations about friendships and relationships.'

When Grandad Was a Penguin Press Reviews

Laughs aplenty guaranteed    Books for Keeps

lots to enjoy    The Book Bag

Simple, comical illustrations tell the story beautifully    Reading Zone

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509850976
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Morag Hood
Illustrator: Morag Hood
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Humorous

About Morag Hood

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, ...

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