Picture Book Review: The Greatest Showpenguin

The Greatest Showpenguin by Lucy Freegard

The Greatest Showpenguin
by Lucy Freegard (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

Poppy has been performing with her parents in the circus since she was a little penguin, but as she gets older she doesn’t really enjoy being in the spotlight. She wants to find a way to be involved in the circus magic without having to be in the center ring doing tricks. She would rather be backstage organizing the lighting and props. Even from the sidelines, Poppy becomes the greatest showpenguin with her amazing organizational skills.

I loved Poppy’s sweet story about finding your true passion and where you really fit in. This important message about belonging is smoothly woven into a fun plot that captures your heart.

I just love the character development that Poppy goes through as she searches for her true dream. Poppy has to tell her parents that she doesn’t want to perform anymore, and that can be scary because she worries that they will be disappointed in her. But her parents are accepting and encouraging. Poppy takes some time to rest and reflect, and then jumps into a new plan, working hard and learning new skills to achieve her goals. There is so much wisdom in this little book.

I’m amazed at how such deep and real concepts are simplified into an entertaining story just right for little readers. And it never feels preachy or awkward. The story flows seamlessly.

The illustrations are so cute! The colors are bright, and the energetic artwork has penguins jumping through hoops and doing aerial tricks and juggling. It’s full of magic and laughter!

This book is completely adorable from start to finish!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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