Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups wins the award for my favorite children’s picture book of the 2017-2018 school year. I just loved it! Every page of this book is just packed full of magic that kids today will adore. I should know, because I have shared this book with lots of different age groups of kiddos, and every group has fallen in love with Little Penguin and his never-ending case of the hiccups. If you have a kiddo in your life that enjoys quirky stories, then they absolutely need to have Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups in their libraries at home!
Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups is an interactive story featuring a vivacious penguin with a big problem. You see, Little Penguin has eaten some hot chili, and he now has an incurable case of hiccups. No matter what Little Penguin does or tries, he cannot get his hiccups to stop. In order to try to stop his hiccups, Little Penguin comes up with a plan.
He needs to be scared. To help Little Penguin get scared, the author as the audience enter into the story. They must help Little Penguin by scaring him. As the story progresses, the readers get to interact more and more with Little Penguin and the plot of the story.
Tadgh Bentley's choice to have the readers interact with this story is one of the many characteristics that make this story so special. Every group of kiddos I have read this story too has just loved being able to scream, shout, and be an active part of helping Little Penguin get rid of his hiccups. I have read this story to toddlers, early elementary students, and even some of my upper elementary readers.
The reaction is unanimous! This story is a win from cover to cover.
If the audience interaction component wasn’t enough, Tadgh Bentley packs in surprises for his readers on every page of this book. The surprises start from the very front cover of the book, and they continue on to the back cover.
A huge whale of surprise is also there to shock both Little Penguin and the readers. This shouldn’t come up as much of a shock, because many of the illustrations have “whaley” clues hidden within the pages’ illustrations
Teachers, be aware that this is also a great book for you! If you teach components of literature, such as circle stories, then this is a must-have for your library. Whenever I have taught circle stories, I have always relied on the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Series. But now, I will be able to add Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups into my repertoire for teaching components of literature. So excited to add a fresh, new story to the mix.