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Up and Down

by Oliver Jeffers

Series: The Boy (4)

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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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Jeffers never fails. Winning combination of quirky storyline and modern day fable, illustrated just beautifully. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Beautifully illustrated story of a boy and his penguin who wants to fly! ( )
  Jandrew74 | May 26, 2019 |
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 |
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