Reviews

  • A much-beloved tale about a much-beloved bird ... heartwarmingly eccentric.... It's bound to be a hit

    Guardian
  • Entrancing ... the writing is a delight, the story itself so touching that I didn't want it to end. I really loved this book

    Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear
  • Fantastic, fantastic - I have been glued to The Penguin Lessons ... it's so good. A magical story

    Dj Nihal, BBC Radio 2 Fact Not Fiction Bookclub
  • His tone suits the material perfectly ... you believe every word ... No fool, this penguin. No fools these publishers, who have unleashed such a delightful and charming book just in time for Christmas

    Daily Mail
  • An uplifting true story about author Tom Michell's years as a teacher in Argentina and the penguin he adopted as a pet

    Good Housekeeping
  • Warm and unique ... it's hard not to wish you were there ... a lovely story about a remarkable trip to the other side of the world and a gorgeous friendship between one man and his penguin

    The Bookseller
  • While Michell devotes much of his time to heartwarming penguin antics, he also recalls the less idyllic elements of his time in Argentina, including runaway inflation and a military coup. Michell's crisp, intelligent voice is equally at home chatting about motorcycling through the Argentine countryside and hiding a penguin for the duration of a bus trip. His classic dry British wit provides the perfect counterbalance to the inherent sweetness of the penguin's remarkable devotion. Animal lovers and travel fans alike will find Michell's adventures bright and charming

    Shelf Awareness
  • Lively and endearing ... In clever, entertaining vignettes accompanied by simple yet engaging illustrations, Michell ... interweaves introspection, travel tales, and penguin facts in a charming story that also reveals the charismatic nature of this gregarious and increasingly endangered species

    Publishers Weekly
  • One of the most touching tales we've read all year

    Heat *****
  • Packed full of funny, heart-warming anecdotes and peppered with interesting details of the political and economic picture of Argentina, this would make a perfect Christmas stocking filler

    Irish Examiner

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