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REVIEW: Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

Up, up, and away with Penguin Blue


A debut picture book that soars to lofty heights



It’s a windy day and Penguin Blue has a new kite which he can’t wait to try out for the first time. But the breeze is a little stronger than anticipated and next thing you know is this flightless bird is actually soaring way up into the sky, all by himself. As our fearless penguin hero gets blustered about, he also picks up a seal called Wilbur and a polar bear named Clive. They eventually touch down on a stripy island (that looks like something Paul Smith might have dreamed about)  which is all very well, but it isn’t home. 

Beautifully designed as you’d expect from an award-winning magazine art director, Blown Away picks up speed as it wafts along, and has the sort of charm that fans of Oliver Jeffers will embrace with glee. Most importantly, it features penguins which seem to be the birds du jour as far as children are concerned. Good news all round, then. HarperCollins, age: 3+

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