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I enjoyed reading this story because it was fun and light-hearted. The story encouraged the reader to think about ways to be more independent and what it means to be independent. It also promotes a sense of friendship and what it means to be a good friend. The little boy was obviously worried about his friend and wouldn't let him take on his adventure alone. The story offers a feel-good moment at the end when the boy and penguin realize that being yourself is the best possible option. I think the story promotes the importance of individuality and accepting yourself as you are. The watercolor illustrations are a great pairing with the soft colors used to depict the story. ( )
  ssmith93 | Dec 10, 2014 |
Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers is about a boy and his penguin. They like to play backgammon together but the penguin has bigger aspirations — he wants to fly. His desire to learn how to fly leads him down a strange path that ultimately takes him to the circus.

The illustrations are cute, done in a retro kitschy style. They carry the slapstick and emotion of the penguin trying to fly and the boy doing his darnest to help him learn. Finding the solution involves things like a balloon, an airplane, a trip to the zoo and a cannon.

Up and Down is the fourth and final book in The Boys series. The others are How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, and The Way Home. This book stands alone just fine but I would like to read the others. ( )
  pussreboots | Dec 10, 2014 |
In my opinion, this was the most adorable book ever. I think that the purpose of this book is to highlight the importance of friendship. Through this modern fantasy, the importance of a friendship between a boy and a penguin is witnessed.

One reason why I liked this book is because of the characters. Although it is a penguin and a boy, the reader can see that they both treasure their friendship. The penguin really wants to fly, but in the end he realizes that his friendship with the boy is more important. Readers could relate to friendships like this when they are younger.

Another reason why I like this book is because of the illustrations. The pictures are very simple so the readers can understand what is going on easily. For the younger readers, like Kindergartners, they can see the illustrations and know what the story is about without having the story read to them. ( )
  epark6 | Oct 16, 2014 |
I love “Up and Down” by Oliver Jeffers. The main message of this story had my heart melting. The big idea is to show the characteristics of a true friendship. First, I simply adored the illustrations. The art is modern but not hard to identify what is going on. Oliver Jeffers uses comfortable colors such as blue and orange, and makes it easy for readers to read the text and not be distracted by the illustrations. Instead, the illustrations enhance the writing. For example, the story says at one part, “Once there were two friends who always did everything together.” Then, the pictures show the two main characters talking on the phone together, playing instrruments together, and enjoying board games together. The backgroun is white with those three simple illustrations on a page. The plot of the story is very well-paced too. From talking about how the two friends did everything together, to transitioning how one friend decided he wanted to do something all by himself. The development of the independent friend flows smoothly, as he figures out various ways to learn to fly. At the end, when the friend figures out a way to fly, the story comes to a nice conclusion that the character did not actually enjoy flying and missed his best friend. I will definitely be having this book on my future shelf. ( )
  yyoon4 | Oct 16, 2014 |
This book focuses on friendship, the exploration of new ideas, and the importance of supporting one's friends in their endeavors. The penguin expresses his want to do something on his own--fly--and the boy respects this, even though the penguin and boy usually do everything together. Throughout the book, even when they are separated, the boy and the penguin still care about each other and are loyal. ( )
  Climbing-books | Sep 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399255451, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2010: Oliver Jeffers has created an enchanting story of two friends, a boy and a penguin, whom we first met in Lost & Found. In Up & Down, the penguin dreams of flying--he has wings, after all--but nothing seems to be working until he spots an advertisement looking for a living cannonball. The penguin’s excitement overtakes him and he sets off to fulfill his dream without telling the boy, only to realize later how much he misses his friend. Fortunately, the boy and the penguin are soon reunited, because it’s all well and good to fly through the air alone, but the best part is having a friend to catch you on the way back down. Wonderfully expressive illustrations complement this story of independence and friendship.--Seira Wilson

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:51 -0400)

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Even though the penguin and the boy are close friends and do many things together, the penguin decides that he wants to fly and he wants to do it on his own.

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