Penguinaut!
Orville lives at the zoo, surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up, until one day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself. Can one tiny penguin get there alone?Penguinaut is perfect for every child who's said, "I can do it myself!" and comes to find that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Marcie Colleen's playful text and Emma Yarlett's charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

Penguinaut! Details

TitlePenguinaut!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Inc.
ISBN-139780545848848
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime, Animals, Space

Penguinaut! Review

  • Aneesa
    January 1, 1970
    Believe it or not, this is not the only book about a penguin going to space that we own.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    A penguin is determined to fly into space and land on the moon...
  • Kareena
    January 1, 1970
    Silly, fun, good friends, lots of action. Fantastic for a storytime.
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    This is an engaging story with gentle humor and simple but fun language: “perfectly penguin-sized” anyone? The author has managed to bring out several different emotions within the adventure theme, making this a versatile read aloud for an educational setting. Some of the elements that are great for discussion include perseverance, independence, creativity, goal-setting, feelings of anxiety and excitement and being kind to others.I love the illustrations, especially the one where Orville draws t This is an engaging story with gentle humor and simple but fun language: “perfectly penguin-sized” anyone? The author has managed to bring out several different emotions within the adventure theme, making this a versatile read aloud for an educational setting. Some of the elements that are great for discussion include perseverance, independence, creativity, goal-setting, feelings of anxiety and excitement and being kind to others.I love the illustrations, especially the one where Orville draws the plans for his rocket. All the characters in the story have characteristic expressions and there are so many fun details for kids to notice as they “read” the pictures.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable. Kids are going to love this book!
  • Viviane Elbee
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun picture book for young fans of outer space, the moon, astronauts & zoo animals! :) Kids loved it.
  • Carmen Zeisler
    January 1, 1970
    I had the change to see this book at NerdCampKS and I just LOVE IT! The illustrations and the story are fantastic! This is a must have in elementary classrooms!
  • Colorado Buck
    January 1, 1970
    one book colorado choice for 2019. interesting story about a penguin who has big dreams and goes off on his big adventure to the moon only to discover that he is alone and he misses his friends. loved how he imagined he saw them as he looked into the constellations.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Orville was a small penguin who longed for big adventures. So, he decided to build a spaceship! His friends were a little worried about him going it alone but they were still supportive of his interplanetary travels. Children ages 2 - 6 will enjoy Orville's spunk and determination in Penguinaut by Marcie Colleen.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: K-3Have you ever felt like you wanted to do something so big but you didn't have the support of your friends? Would it stop you or make you more determined? This is the problem that Orville had. Even though he is small he wants to go to the moon. When his zoo friends discourage him it makes him more determined to do it on his own. When the big day comes will Orville make it all the way to the moon all by himself? What if he finds out that his friends really do care and were with Interest Level: K-3Have you ever felt like you wanted to do something so big but you didn't have the support of your friends? Would it stop you or make you more determined? This is the problem that Orville had. Even though he is small he wants to go to the moon. When his zoo friends discourage him it makes him more determined to do it on his own. When the big day comes will Orville make it all the way to the moon all by himself? What if he finds out that his friends really do care and were with him the whole time? Read this precious story to find out about Orville's adventures!This is a super cute book about determination and friendship. The illustrations are adorable. Don't miss this endearing story that kids will love!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Penguinaut! By Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Emma Yarlett. PICTURE BOOK. Orchard Books (Scholastic), 2018. $17. 9780545848848BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ADVISABLEAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEOrville the penguin has lots of friends at the zoo, but he is always jealous of their BIG adventures. When he announces that he plans to fly to the moon, they all keep reminding him how small he is. Can such a little penguin really make it all the way to the moon?Of course a penguin flying to the moon in Penguinaut! By Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Emma Yarlett. PICTURE BOOK. Orchard Books (Scholastic), 2018. $17. 9780545848848BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ADVISABLEAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEOrville the penguin has lots of friends at the zoo, but he is always jealous of their BIG adventures. When he announces that he plans to fly to the moon, they all keep reminding him how small he is. Can such a little penguin really make it all the way to the moon?Of course a penguin flying to the moon in a cardboard spaceship is silly. But the idea being told you can’t do something because you are too little will resonate with readers. Yarlett’s illustrations add just the right amount of whimsy.Cindy, Middle School Librarianhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • zapkode
    January 1, 1970
    {My thoughts} – Who doesn’t like to go on an adventure into outer space. This is a nice little book about a Penguin that builds a Rocket ship so that he can blast off into outer space. Once he’s there he messes around some and then he makes the trip back.The story tells about his nice adventure and about how what he did while he was on the moon. He seemed to have had a lot of fun and enjoyed himself. The illustrations and the words go together nicely within the pages of this book.I think that an {My thoughts} – Who doesn’t like to go on an adventure into outer space. This is a nice little book about a Penguin that builds a Rocket ship so that he can blast off into outer space. Once he’s there he messes around some and then he makes the trip back.The story tells about his nice adventure and about how what he did while he was on the moon. He seemed to have had a lot of fun and enjoyed himself. The illustrations and the words go together nicely within the pages of this book.I think that any child that enjoys space and adventures will enjoy this book. It was an enjoyable read and I think that it has the potential to become any child’s new favorite bedtime story.
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  • Amanda Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    I love how the penguin tries so hard to get to the moon, but in a moment of doubt needs an encouraging word from his friends. Is this the lost concept in failure leads to success? That maybe we need to keep trying even when things are hard, but also that we need to lean on our friends?Will be recommending this one to a number of circles.
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  • Gabi
    January 1, 1970
    Any child (or adult) who’s ever been told she’s “too small” to do something or who’s envied the big adventures her friends are having will identify with Orville. And Marcie Colleen’s wordplay is masterful. I love that Orville “flippered out” and gave a “trembling flipper salute”!Emma Yarlett’s mixed-media illustrations depict Orville’s world with whimsy and charm. Who can resist big-hearted Penguinaut?
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This book is super cute!!! I have a little patron that is OBSESSED with Penguins and Summer Reading '19 is SPACE, so this book is perfect for my library. The illustrations are great and the story is cute, while still using space vocab that could be a new intro for your kiddo or a review. Librarians this is a must have for your space collection for next summer!!
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  • Lucy Branam
    January 1, 1970
    This adorable, heartwarming book is a great reminder of the friends that we all have right under our noses. It also shows readers that the grass on the other side (or on another planet!) isn’t always as green as what’s already under our feet. There’s great variety in the layout of the fun illustrations. The drawings are done in a cheery palette with lots of blue and yellow/orange.
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  • Megan - Alohamora Open a Book
    January 1, 1970
    Cute. Cute story about reaching your dreams and not being afraid to do hard things.It could make a fun Family Storytime or read aloud for school age kids. Great vocabulary/word choice. Fun story to read. Sweet story of friendship. A bit of a STEM aspect as well with comparisons.
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  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    January 1, 1970
    None of the zoo animals thought he could do it but penguin made it to the moon all by himself. Once he made it did penguin realize doing things with others is better than by yourself. Would made a great first storytime story for space or friendship theme.
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  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Orville the penguin wanted his own big adventure, so he made plans and build a spaceship. He traveled to the moon! Fun story about traveling on an adventure and a sweet story about friends.Reviewed from a library copy.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    The main story hits on themes of independence, big dreams, and quite literally reaching for the stars. Penguin is supported in his endeavors by the rest of his zoo friends. Eventually, though, penguin realizes that he's lonely.
  • Lynn Davidson
    January 1, 1970
    The other animals in the zoo had exciting BIG adventures, but Orville, a small penguin, had small adventures and big dreams. He decided he was going to blast off to the moon - an adventure bigger than anyone's - and he was doing it himself. Fun story and illustrations.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    A penguin makes it into outer space and learns going out there is better with friends.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story demonstrating life’s better with friends.
  • Tracie
    January 1, 1970
    A penguin wants to have big adventures like their friend and decide to try to go to the moon.
  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    Penguin wants to have big adventures like his friends. Will it be satisfying, though, if he's alone when he has them? Read to find out. :)
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Orville is a penguin who longs to travel to the moon. After all, he's watched the other animals in the zoo who are his friends have all sorts of adventures. They try to persuade him from his plans, but he persists. Eventually, he lands on the moon, has a blast, but then he starts to miss those friends, and decides to head back to Earth. There are some great word choices in the text as well as some word play and playful use of fonts and letters that add to the book's appeal, but the story itself Orville is a penguin who longs to travel to the moon. After all, he's watched the other animals in the zoo who are his friends have all sorts of adventures. They try to persuade him from his plans, but he persists. Eventually, he lands on the moon, has a blast, but then he starts to miss those friends, and decides to head back to Earth. There are some great word choices in the text as well as some word play and playful use of fonts and letters that add to the book's appeal, but the story itself didn't particularly appeal to me since I knew how things would turn out. Little ones will probably be charmed by the story, though, and enjoy the illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, pencil, crayon, pen and paints. Many of them do an excellent job of providing perspective on size and showing that even the smallest ones among us have dreams and ambitions.
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  • Alex Lindsley
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book was great. It showcases the importance of friendship while highlighting that just because you CAN do something alone, it doesn't mean you HAVE to. The illustrations were cute too. I think this would be a good book to use to talk about the moon landing, space in general, science, and the animals in zoos.
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  • Desiree
    January 1, 1970
    It's wonderful when your friends support your wildest ideas and plans. Penguin has big plans to fly to the moon! he tries everything he can think of until.....He makes it to the moon! Penguin finds that dreams are made sweeter, when you share them with the ones you love.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Orville wanted to go on a big adventure like all of his friends. He designed and launched his rocket to explore the moon. He had a wonderful time but missed his friends. He comes back to the zoo and they all enjoy adventures together.Use to talk about adventures for all ages and sizes.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun book to help kick off Summer Reading 2019! I shared it with Preschool classes, 1st grade, Kindergarten students, and in my Music & Movement Storytime. For larger groups I showed it on the big screen as an ebook. Lots of great details in the illustrations to talk about with kids.
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