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From the Tacky the Penguin series

by Helen Lester ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 14th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-547-91228-8
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

It takes a lot of planning to put together the perfect penguin party. And even then...

The Nice Icy Land is “crackling with busy-ness.” Everyone is deep into preparations for Tacky’s Birdday Party. This includes baking, practicing the special song and making a whole slew of cards for their decidedly odd friend. Tacky wakes up the next morning and, in a purple scarf and shirt decorated with yellow flowers, immediately starts doing the Flapwaddle Dance, which he has just invented. A huge “Surprise!!” interrupts him. The party throwers give Tacky a beautiful dinner jacket; he asks whether he should eat it now. All his friends are dumbstruck, and Tacky’s characteristically bizarre behavior further astounds them. The cake eventually lands on Tacky’s head, where everybody eats from it like a polenta. How imperfect can a party get? Only the big finale remains: It’s Twinklewebs the Dance Queen in all her pink glory. So enthusiastic is she that she overdoes it and hurts her web feet. Tacky comes unexpectedly to the rescue, teaching her and the whole party his Flapwaddle Dance. Now that’s a great party! Lester’s celebration of differences continues to make its point. Both her text and Munsinger’s illustrations are sunny and impish.

Another enthusiastic embrace of silliness from Antarctica. (Picture book. 3-6)