Book Review: Penguin Problems

Book Review: Penguin Problems

penguin-problemsProblems, we all have them, and in today’s social landscape it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of complaining as a way to both stand apart from the crowd and bond in collective misery. It’s only human to be disagreeable, or is it? {pages} a bookstore presents Penguin Problems, a collaboration from author Jory John and illustrator Lane Smith. This hilarious and visibly charming picture book proves this cantankerous condition is cross species and heading south…way south.

What would to be on all accounts an ordinary day for a penguin is an unending series of complaints: “It’s too early. My beak is cold. It’s too bright out here. I’m hungry.” Sound familiar? Also, it appears penguins are not immune to body issues: “I’m not buoyant enough. I look silly when I waddle. Everyone looks the same as me. I look the same as everyone else.” And apparently, penguins share our affinity for relationship issues: “Mom?” Penguin approaches one his many doppelgangers. “I literally have no idea who you are,” the other penguin responds with an accompanying look found commonly on the faces of uncomfortable teens.

When penguin’s problems become overwhelming, a kindly walrus offers this cranky bird some words of wisdom and a bit of perspective that should resonate with both penguins and readers alike — if only for a moment. Penguin Problems published by Random House, is an instant classic, and makes a perfect gift for all the complainers in your life. Available now at {pages} a bookstore in Manhattan Beach and online at Hurry up! What’s your problem!?

{pages} a bookstore, located in downtown Manhattan Beach, one block from the Strand is your full-service independent bookstore.  Beautifully curated with a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction best-sellers, children’s cooking, great surf section and more.  The staff is ultra friendly and knowledgeable.  Story times, book clubs, frequent author events can be found on their website.  Make it a day and walk the Strand, enjoy lunch and stop in at {pages}! For more information visit their website at or connect with them on Facebook.

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

Cindy has worked for What's Up for Kids for over 19 years and is thrilled to take over as owner/publisher. She loves helping South Bay parents connect with resources and working with camps, schools and other businesses to get the word out about their quality programs and services for families. For marketing information you can contact her at

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