Diary of a Penguin-napper by Sally Harris

Book Review and Kid Lit Blog Hop

Penguin-napperWe first meet Marty when he is doing as he is told, sitting still and not moving a muscle, in response to strict instructions from his mother. This has the consequence of putting him in even deeper trouble for not answering the door to the police.  Such is the stuff of Marty, a delightful young man with all a young man’s problems, and a delightful way of keeping a record of them.

The exact circumstances which led to Marty’s conviction as a penguin-napper I will leave for you to discover.   There is a beautiful young woman called Jessica, whom fate has decreed will be Marty’s partner on his school assignment.  There is the faithful and inventive partner-in-crime Turds, so called due to an unfortunate incident with a typewriter in his first-ever school roll-call.  There is a rich spoilt brat who provides the means whereby Marty can gather enough cash for an overnight school trip to a wildlife park. And there is a penguin.  More than one, so let’s just say there is a Lead Penguin and leave it at that.

The whole story is narrated by Marty, with reference to his actual journal, complete with illustrations, and punctuated only by interjections, clarifications and chocolate biscuits consumed by the police.

It is, in short, a masterpiece, and anyone in their right mind would swim with a pygmy hippopotamus in order to get it.

Diary of a Penguin-napper by Sally Harris

AtoZ Giveaway bannerThis book is one of the prizes in our Princelings A to Z Giveaway.  Nine ebooks and a paperback to be won, all for readers age 9 to 99!  Runs throughout April. Click to enter!


10 thoughts on “Diary of a Penguin-napper by Sally Harris

  1. Pingback: The Princelings A to Z Giveaway! | Jemima Pett

  2. Good luck with the challenge. I participated last year and did reviews each day . . . until I cam to Q and X and Z. I forget what I did but I did them all as the day arrived. Being my first challenge I had no idea I could do them and schedule. I am out this year due to too many obligations. I already miss it.

    I hope you have a good time with the challenge. I found you while checking out sites for a kid lit blog hop — for children’s books and middle grade books. Please join us sometime. Go here and sign up under the current hop. http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/

    • Hi there. Yes we’re regulars in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Look forward to talking with you some more!

  3. So glad you loved it too Jemima. Thanks for linking it in to the Kid Lit Blog hop and I have been enjoying your A-Z challenge posts, cheers Julie

  4. That is such a great challenge – good luck Jemima. This book is on my to-be-read shelf! Can’t wait to get to it! Thanks for linking into and being such a great supporter of the Kid Lit Blog Hop! 🙂

  5. Another book on my to-be-read list. Thanks for the great review, as always. I don’t know how you do all of these posts, Jemima. You are so very inspiring! Thanks for the post.
    Cool Mom (Christine M.) for Stanley & Katrina
    Hopping along the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    • Well, the posts sort of arrive one at a time! Book chapters seem to get fitted in between them 🙂 But I find that deadlines help!

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