#344 – Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

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Penguin on Vacation

by Salina Yoon

Walker Books for Young Readers

4 Stars


Back Cover:  When Penguin takes a trip to the beach, he discovers that it isn’t where you go that makes a vacation special—it’s Who you spend it with!

First Sentence:  “I need a vacation.”


Synopsis:  Penguin has played all he could in the snow.  He has sledded, skied, and ice-skated all he wanted.  He even counted up to 99 snowballs.  But when you live in one of the coldest regions and wake up thinking snow again you need a vacation somewhere without snow; somewhere tropical.  The beach is where Penguin decided to vacation.  Penguin hopped on his ice floe, waved goodbye to his grandpa and headed south.  When Penguin finally makes it to the beach, he finds it is not as much fun as he thought it would be, until he met Crab.


Penguin on Vacation is a cute story about enjoying whom you are with.  Penguin finds he cannot do those things he does alone at home, but when he meets Crab, Crab shows him all the fun ways to play in the sand.  They have a great time together.  When it is time for Penguin to go home, Crab decides he needs a vacation somewhere different and goes home with Penguin.  They have a great time and then Crab goes home.  Penguin misses his new friend.  He enjoyed his vacation—and Crab’s—because they were together, not where they were.


The illustrations are good.  Penguin is cute with an orange scarf and the correct equipment when skiing—big blue sunglasses for the glare—sledding—a great looking red sled—and when skating, he keeps his fins behind his back while gliding around on yellow skates.  He has black dots for eyes, yet his emotions still shine through. At the first, Penguin looks sad, but he is much happier by story’s end. I love the beach scene where a coconut falls on his head and Penguin scrunches down like one would if conked on the head by a falling coconut.


The only problem I saw is on page one.

“I need a vacation.”  Penguin sighed.

 The first sentence became two with the placement of a period where a comma should be.  The rest of the dialogue is correct, so maybe this is a typo.  Too bad it is on the first page.  I really like this picture book and think kids will too.  The illustrations draw me in.  I love them and the clean lines.  If your kid is not thrilled about vacationing somewhere, Penguin on Vacation can help alleviate fears.  Kids will love the fun Penguin and Crab as they build sandcastles and snowmen; surf and sled together.  It is a fun book with gentle humor.  Penguin on Vacation reminds me of a song with the line, “Love the one you’re with.”  Penguin and Crab become travel buddies.  The two have fun no matter where they go because being together makes it fun.


Penguin on Vacation

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Released April 16, 2013

ISBN:  978-0-8027-3396-2

32 pages

Ages: 4 to 8


© 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers, used with permission

Text & Illustrations:  Copyright © 2013 by Salina Yoon

Walker Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Bloomsbury Kids





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11 thoughts on “#344 – Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

  1. This book sound soooo cute, and proves you never know where you’ll find a friend.

    A little grammar lesson (sorry, it’s what I do). Regarding the first two sentences, they are technically correct. The way the author has written it: “I need a vacation.” Penguin sighed., means Penguin said it, then he sighed. The sentence could also be written: “I need a vacation,” Penguin sighed. ,which means he sighed as he said it. Both ways are correct and just have a bit of difference in their meaning.


  2. haha! Those comments from you and Cupcake were almost as good as the book! I’m guessing this is the pinecone penguin? I like this penguin. And anything to do with the beach is something for me to look into. I see one problem in all this though — I don’t believe that penguins are found in the arctic. Only on the other end of the world. I’m going to have to check this book out and find out more about crab on ice!


    • No penguins in the arctic? Where are they that is cold? That is my mistake. I should have looked it up first. Oh, wait, “the other side of the world” would be the north pole, no, wait, the other end, oh, yeah! the south pole! I’ll edit the review after it is long out of view. Wouldn’t want anyone else to know I made a goof, It’s a professional thing. (I will need to remove your comment until that time, sorry). 😦

      Yes, this is the same pinecone penguin. I have not read that one, but I bet it is funny. I bet you would like crab on ice. Do Penguins? Just wondering if Penguin’s friendship with his vacation-buddy is long-lasting or only until supper. **boo-hiss**


      • A Penguin and Crab being friends is kind of like a book I read called Bad Apple about an apple who became friends with the worm coming out of his head. Weird. But in the penguin illustrations, they looked like pretty cool friends. I’ve had cats and rabbits for friends. I guess anything is possible. And if you need to remove my comment or at least the part about the arctic I’m ok with that. I understand. It’s the ANTarctic that has penguins. Basically the southern hemisphere. South America, south africa, south Australia, New Zealand


  3. Love the illustrations. I’m going to have to get this one for my little penguin lover, Katelynn!


    • Hi Georgia! You have a little penguin lover? The Penguin above has other adventures too. Check out the author’s website (by her name in the lower credits). Thanks for being here and leaving a comment. I hope you come back because there are going to be more books your Katelynn will love! YOu might even win one for her in a contest. 🙂


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