It’s a face-off on the ice for a trio of performing penguins and a large, hungry, white seal.
A penguin sporting a jauntily angled red hat and bright green bow tie is in search of his “new best friend” who is a “spectacular dancer!” The first penguin he encounters sings, and the second one toots a horn. Searching on, he comes face to face with a toothy seal, who has visions of a tasty roast. In utter despair, and also facing his imminent demise, the penguin finds able-bodied assistance from his singing and tooting fellows. Their performances are more noise irritant than music-hall fodder, but the seal finds it necessary to cover his ears, and the soon-to-be dinner penguin escapes into the welcome company of two new buddies. Oh, and he also finds the dancing friend—a visual twist that will set readers giggling. Proimos’ animals, outlined in solid black, have bright yellow googly eyes, big orange beaks, and tower over the pages with their brash and bold attitudes. This humorous adventure zooms along in snappy dialogue that is barely contained in large, colorful speech bubbles. A delightful refrain of “Waddle. Waddle. Belly Slide!” will have children chanting or, more likely, shouting along.
Friendship on the ice: fraught with danger but funny and fulfilling in the end. (Picture book. 3-6)