Ben receives a penguin as a present. He tries every way he can think of to make the penguin respond to him. Frustrated, Ben attempts to feed the penguin to a lion who has mysteriously appeared, but the lion has other ideas. In a splendid dénouement, the penguin demonstrates that he can communicate after all, in his own special way. The seemingly simple illustrations, which make good use of white space on well-designed pages combine beautifully with the understated text.
See also: Be Brave Little Penguin by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (9781408338384), Orchard £6.99