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Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

8493424Up and Down
Oliver Jeffers
2010 Philomel Books
ISBN – 9780399255458
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
4 Stars


There were two friends who always did everything together, a boy and a penguin. One day the penguin decided that there was something he must do by himself, fly. Even though he had wings, they didn’t seem to work very well, but that did not deter him. He tried many different things, but nothing seemed to work. Then one day the penguin saw a flyer for a living cannon ball. This was his chance! He ran off without telling his friend in order to chase this opportunity. He signs up to be a living cannonball, but meanwhile the two friends really begin to miss each other. Will penguin ever get to fly? Will the two friends be united?

This is an adorable story about friendship and aspirations. Children are always told that they can do anything if they put their mind to it, and this book shines a whole new light on this idea. The greatest lesson I see here is that good friends are always willing to help you reach your goals. I do love the illustrations. Some pages are full and bright, while others are more simply drawn in a water coloresque style. Also, I love the boy’s nose, you’ll just have to see it! The only potential downside to this book is that the story becomes a bit confusing in the middle when the boy and penguin separate. That seems minuscule in the grand scheme of the book.


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