Poles Apart – Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Jarvis


51iocfrqegl  Poles Apart – Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Jarvis, Nosy Crow, (9780763689445), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  5

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A penguin family sets out for a picnic, take a wrong turn and end up at the North Pole.  The Pilchard-Browns find a helpful polar bear named Mr. White who informs them that they are 12, 430 miles away from the South Pole and offers to guide them home.  On the journey south Mr. and Mrs. Pilchard-Brown and their three young children, Peeky, Poots and Pog visit the United States, England, Italy, India and Australia. Mr. Pilchard-Brown greets each country with an appropriate greeting “Howdy!” “Ciao!” and “G’day!”  Mr. White finally gets the penguins home and travels back to the North Pole where he is surprised to find a baby penguin has hatched in his hat.  Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed the egg that Pog placed in Mr. White’s red bowler hat.  The final pages shows the penguin family arriving by balloon: “Because even though penguins and polar bears live poles apart, friends are always welcome.”  The illustrations are full of wonderful fun and details and fill the pages with vivid color.  A lovely story of travel and friendship.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a book that would make a great read aloud.  Readers who love fun adventures will enjoy this story.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/14/17             

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