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Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
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Up and Down

by Oliver Jeffers

Series: The Boy (4)

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I liked this book for several reasons. First, the writing is engaging; the author does a really good job of capturing the reader's attention through his illustrations and organization of the text. For example, he brought up the main issue/problem of the book: he penguin wanted to learn how to do something important on his own, but the author never stated what that important thing was which hooks the reader's attention. The author used the next two pages to illustrate what the penguin wanted to do, which is to fly. Second, the illustrations enhance the story; without the illustrations, the story wouldn't really make sense. For example, the penguin found a way that he could fly, but the writing does not tell you how. The illustrations show a poster hung up at the zoo that says "living cannon ball," which tells the reader that he wants to be launched from a cannon to feel like he is flying. Third, there is an apparent conflict that the main characters go through, which is the penguin wanting to do something on his own without the help of his friend. However, he ended up missing his friend and realized that he didn't want to fly after all. The big message of this story is that friendships are the most valuable part of anyone's life.
  jburkm1 | Mar 16, 2018 |
The boy and penguin duo whose story together began in Lost and Found return in this second Oliver Jeffers picture-book devoted to their adventures. Now fast friends, the two do everything together, until Penguin decides that he needs to fly, and that he must do it alone. He discovers that his heart's desire isn't everything he'd hoped however, when he joins the circus as a penguin cannonball act, and finds that he misses his friend...

Like its predecessors - although only the second book about the boy and the penguin, this is the fourth and final title about the boy himself - Up and Down pairs a sweet story with humorous, engaging artwork. As mentioned in my review of The Way Back Home, these 'boy' books aren't my favorite, of Oliver Jeffers' many picture-book creations, but they are still quite appealing. I like the gentle sense of wonder that permeates them, and the connections that the boy makes with the world around him - and especially, with Penguin. Recommended to anyone who has read and enjoyed Lost and Found, as well as to those looking for children's stories about friendship. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 10, 2018 |
This book is about a boy and his friend. His friend thinks that he needs to go back where he came from. But on his journey there, the boy is following him. The friend becomes lonely and realizes that he doesn't need what he was looking for, because it was with the boy the whole time.
  foxgurl1049 | Nov 28, 2017 |
a little boy and a penguin are out to figure out why penguins don't fly. the penguin decides that he is going to be in the circus to fly. the boy finds the penguin and takes him home. the penguin learns that he can't fly cause he doesnt like to
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  TUCC | Nov 14, 2016 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:48 -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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