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365 Penguins

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  687 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
A family find a penguin mysteriously delivered to their door every day of the year. At first they're cute, but with every passing day the penguins pile up, along with the family's problems. Who on earth is sending these kwaking critters?
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2006)
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Jan 05, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who likes my picture on Goodreads
I have never met the authors or illustrators of this super fine children's book - but nevertheless they chose to illustrate me in as the father. I know that sounds strange, but all my friends, enemies, and a couple of strangers off the street have told me that without a doubt the father in the book is me.

The hairstyle is the same, the glasses are the same, and what is even more creepy, the clothing is the same. I felt like they have been observing me behind trees, trashcans, questionable movie t
Lisa Vegan
Mar 13, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6-9 year olds & those young at heart
This is a delightful book for young readers. The illustrations, all in orange & black & blue (and white) are wonderful and the three/four colors only end up being particularly effective. It’s funny and cute (especially for someone like me who appreciates penguins), and it’s educational too. There’s opportunity throughout to do math problems as part of the telling of the story. And there are great messages about overpopulation and global warming, about the necessity to take proper care of ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
Dec 25, 2015 Sian Lile-Pastore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Another great Christmas present! Thanks lucy! A story about penguins! Also has maths and an ecological message. The penguin is my spirit animal so I really relate.
Jul 01, 2013 Ginny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo-books
It's not often that I give a kids' book five stars...this one deserves it though! What a wonderfully funny story...and a good math lesson for the kids too, featuring their favorite animal.
I am not a fan of this book. The book is supposed to help students practice their math skills, but the loose story of an uncle in Antartica sending more and more penguins is a bit disturbing. The uncle is supposed to be trying to save the penguins, but he send them in small crates and overwhelms a single house with 365 penguins. The thin environmental message is overshadowed by the fact that the penguins are not living a good life in their new, foreign environment--they get stuffed in filing cab ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Gideon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
this book is about 365 penguins they come every day for the rest of the year at new years day uncle victor came and explained why he sent all of them in a year its becase Thar territory was geting smaller and the secret was sending one penguin a day to your family during one year and he toke all of them to the noth pole but one litlle chiily with his blue feet.they had big problems with all of them.
Sep 22, 2015 Qurat rated it really liked it
365 penguins is a book about a lot of penguins. A family finds a penguin mysteriously delivered to their house door. Although the first penguin was a lovely surprise, the quantity of penguin’s increased everyday and soon the total reached to 365.

This book is ideal for story time as it is an amazing and fun book for children, to create a calm yet enjoyable atmosphere. Not only does the book include colourful bold images that make it eye-catching and get the children engaged, but it also makes it
Book Riot Community
You should get this book because, well, penguins! Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet capture the penguin’s quirkiness to perfection. The story begins when a penguin shows up outside the door of a family’s home. The next day another penguin arrives. And on day three…I think you can guess what happens. The book is filled with fun math equations and clues, and about halfway through the book a penguin arrives that is not like the others. -- Karina Glaser

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Oct 08, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
The kids seemed to enjoy 365 Penguins. They laughed at the funny parts, especially at the ending, and enjoyed watching the family try to solve their penguin dilemma. In addition to being a cute story with a sense of humor, it's also a math story full of equations employed in the family's attempt to organize their growing pengin collection.

Math is not really my favorite or my best subject, but my niece loves math, so I thought she would enjoy that aspect of the story as well. I think that she ac
Crystal Bandel
365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet, translated, published 2006.

Magic realism.

Picture book.

Grades K-4.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Barbara Auerbach.

On January 1, a penguin arrives by mail at a family's house, with a note to feed it when it's hungry. The next day, another penguin arrives, and so on until there are 365 penguins on December 31. As the number of penguins increases, the family's at a loss for what to do with them, so they arrange them in
Colleen Mckenna
Jun 28, 2012 Colleen Mckenna rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book which would be a great addition to any classroom particularly KS1 or lower key stage 2. The hardback book is beautifully presented and it offers many opportunities for learning across the curriculum. It’s particularly useful for maths and times tables. The penguins keep multiplying and it’s a great way of introducing repeated addition. I used this for a maths lesson and the pages have varying numbers of penguins which offer great opportunities for differentiating the le ...more
Katie Farver
365 Penguins tells the story of a family who mysteriously starts receiving a box with a penguin in it each day in the mail. As the year goes on and the family gets more and more penguins they begin to try and figure out what to do with them all, which allows for math concepts such as, counting, addition, and multiplication, to be creatively interwoven with the story. This book also briefly touches on environmental concerns, like the conservation of the planet, more specifically the conservation ...more
Sarah DeWalt
Feb 12, 2015 Sarah DeWalt rated it it was amazing
"365 Penguins" is an adorable book about a family who receives a penguin each day in the mail for an entire year. At first is wasn't much of a problem they only had a couple penguins, but as the year progressed the numbers quickly grew to 100 and 200 hundred and they didn't know where to store them. The dad is always trying to find new way to arrange them and store them so they aren roaming throughout the house, while the mom is feeding and calculating how expensive it'll be to care for them eac ...more
Tori Serrano
Feb 08, 2015 Tori Serrano rated it it was amazing
365 Penguins is by Jean- Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet. The story is about a regular family and randomly on the first day of January they get a packaged delivered to them. In that package is a penguin. There was nothing that said who it was from, but it did have a note that said, “I am number 1, feed me when I am hungry.” The family was confused but kept the penguin. The next day they received another package with a penguin in it. Again, it did not say who it was from but only came with anoth ...more
Sophie Harris
When I first came across this book it was during teacher training in a SEN school.

This book is about parcels of penguins that gradually get sent to the house form an uncle that lives in the Arctic. The book has a simple story, throughout the story the household end up with more and more penguins along with notes on how to look after them.

This book has many cross-curricular uses within the classroom.

Maths-counting, the amount of penguins goes up in different multiples. Towards the end of the b
Jan 25, 2014 Londa rated it it was amazing
*Warning -- I use the word FUN excessively in this review!*

We loved this book! It started off with the actual size of the book. Kiddo picked it from the pile because of that fact, and as we read it, we each held one side. It was more fun that way.

The colors... Kid noticed the color scheme right away and was thrilled. First he asked why they did that, and then he said. "I love it!" Guess what his favorite colors are (to this FSU alums great dismay) Yep.. Orange and Blue! It gave the book a whim
Jul 27, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
An excellent read - humorous and educational with the added fun of trying to spot "Chilly" - the only penguin with blue feet - on every page after he is introduced. A family is being sent a penguin each day and as their numbers grow, so do the problems! The extra kicker on the last page was a delightful, funny surprise.
Cole Hoffman
Nov 20, 2014 Cole Hoffman rated it really liked it
365 Penguins is a story about a kids best dream and a parents worst nightmare. Each day a new penguin arrives at a families house. One by one they start to take over and the family has no idea what to do with all of them. Each penguin comes with a note and throughout the story some math problems occur such as if a penguin eats 2.5 pounds of fish a day and there are 100 penguins, how many pounds of fish is that total?

This book subtly throws in math problems that make the book fun and educational
Mar 22, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
03/16: We STILL love this one. We often give it as a Christmas gift, as it's fun to read on New Year's Day. It's fun and quirky.

12/09: What's more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A year-full of penguins. Our boys loved little Chilly with his blue feet.

In this oversize picture book from France, family members deal with penguins that arrive at their home--one a day, for a full year. The high jinks begin on New Year's Day. As the penguin population increases, Dad, Mom, and the kids use multip
Stef Rozitis
My 4-5 year olds love it. Want me to read and reread it despite the fact the maths is actually over their heads. I think the slapstick comedy of so many penguins appeals to them, they all love "Chilly" the special blue-footed penguin and the ending excites them.

I suppose there might still be some numeracy learning in the book (if only that numbers are for play) even though there are too many concepts at too high a level laid out with too little order (I think) for most children to learn. Apart f
Feb 16, 2011 L11_Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: picture_books
On New Year's Day a family receives a special package with a penguin inside. They have no idea who it's from, but they are excited nonetheless. Each day that follows, they continue to receive a package with one more penguin a day. Their excitement continues until they have trouble feeding the penguins, cleaning up after them and finding places to put them. By the end of the year the family has received 365 penguins.
In the end, an uncle who is a scientist, has been sending the penguins in order
Jul 21, 2010 S10_Kelly rated it really liked it
365 Penguins is a humorous book written by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet. It was first written in French. However, it was translated to English in 2006. 365 Penguins starts with a family receiving a penguin on New Year’s Day from an anonymous person. The family continues to receive one penguin everyday, for an entire year. The daily increase of penguins does cause many ridiculous problems for the family. At the end of year, which is also the end of the book, the reader learns that it is ...more
Gregory Walters
Jul 07, 2011 Gregory Walters rated it it was amazing
The penguin craze may have faded, but what kid wouldn't think it (icy) cool to have a tuxedo waddler for a pet? There's something adorable about penguins until you think about their living habits. As the title makes clear, this book involves an awful lot more than a single penguin moving in.

On January 1st a box arrives at the host family's door, along with the unsigned note, "I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry." Inside the box, a penguin. Each day another delivery, another penguin. The illust
I love penguins but I don't know what I would do if they suddenly one by one started appearing at my door! This is a wonderful book with a purpose. It's for families that are interested in educating their children in Earth matters. So should you suddenly be presented with a penguin a day.....
That's what happens in the adorable book byJean-Lauc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet. After one week the family starts naming them, to avoid any confusion. By the end of January it's out of hand. By the end of
Jul 25, 2012 Kayla rated it it was ok
Ok, my kids like this book, but after reading it with them again I had to knock down my rating to 2 stars, and that's only for the illustrations. This book starts out with the sort of silly premise that a family is receiving one penguin each day via the delivery guy--no sender information. Chaos ensues. Then you get toward the end and the sender turns out to be a crazy uncle who is trying to save the penguins because the polar ice caps are mailing them in tiny boxes to a house that' ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Magila rated it really liked it
As I was reading this to my son, I was impressed by the size of the book and the simple illustrations. In a way, it reminded me of some of the old Kellogg books about math. And penguins!

All it missed was the consistency in making more pages math problems. Sure, that made it possible to tell the story, but I believe there was a way to make it a little more math-y. I am not sure how much rereadability it has either.

It was good though to see so many kinds of math problems and the ways they were ar
Jan Noreng
Mar 31, 2011 Jan Noreng rated it liked it
Leste den norske versjonen dog. Fra bloggen min:

I dag har jeg lest 365 pingviner. Det var en morsom bok og kan anbefales for hele familien.

Den er skrevet av Jean-Luc Fromental, en fransk forfatter som har mange bøker på samvittigheten. Denne er illustrert, i stort format, og handler om en familie som får en pingvin i posten hver eneste dag gjennom et helt år. Dette er en av de spennende bøkene som kan brukes både som ren underholdning og som utgangspunkt for samtaler, også av den pedagogiske typ
Kathleen Dixon
Jan 21, 2014 Kathleen Dixon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, education
One of the local schools was ordering a large number of picture books with mathematical themes, and when this particular one passed through my Inwards Goods I was hooked. Yes, I bought a copy myself.

Not only does the maths cover addition, multiplication, and of course days in a month, but the story and illustrations are hilarious. The reactions to the ever-increasing number of penguins arriving on the doorstep (one each day), and to the difficulties of housing them and feeding them and coping wi
Dec 12, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
Goofy story-time book that teaches math and measuring time. The family gets one penguin a day for entire year. I won't spoil the surprise as to why, but it's a silly reason. The art is done in minimal colors- orange, white, black and a little bit of blue. My favorite quote: "Once you've reached the point of no return, one penguin more or one penguin less each day doesn't make much difference anymore."
Alexandria Hiam
Oversize picture book both about elementary math (addition and multiplication) and global warming and the melting polar ice caps. Starting Jan 1st, a family receives one penguin by mail each day, totaling 365 by New Year's Eve. They find out they are from a crazy ecologist Uncle who is trying to save the penguins. Jan 1st the next year they receive one box with a Polar Bear inside...
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