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Lost and Found (The Boy #2)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  3,677 ratings  ·  286 reviews
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day The Crayons Quit comes a humorously warm tale of friendship. Now also an animated TV special!

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep,...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 29th 2005 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tacky the Penguin by Helen LesterAnd Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson365 Penguins by Jean-Luc FromentalLost and Found by Oliver JeffersA Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
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Lisa Vegan
The penguin is so adorable and the illustrations (which at first didn’t appeal to me all that much, except for the penguin) grew on me. I especially liked the wild sea picture with the huge wave and the lightning, and the whimsical one when first seeing the South Pole.

The story is a cute one about friendship, and the reader/listener will learn a little bit about real penguins too, even though the story itself is a fantasy. I love how concerned the boy is for the penguin’s welfare and does the r...more
Saffron
This is a lovely book about friendship. One day, a little boy finds a penguin on his doorstep. Presuming the penguin is lost, he decides to help the penguin return to the south pole. They set off in a rowing boat and the boy tells the penguin lots of stories on the way. Once arrived at the south pole, the boy sets off for home alone, but both he and the penguin are sad. Eventually the boy realises that the penguin hadn't been lost, but had simply wanted a friend and they are reunited.

The text i...more
Katsumi
This is the sweetest book. I would say this is a perfect book with many good lessons about friendship for young children. I also think this is a great books for anyone (teens, young adults and older). It has lovely illustrations. A true delight.

The premise is that a boy opens his door to find a penguin. He works to find out whether the penguin is lost, and to where should he be returned. Ultimately boy and penguin travel to the South pole. Boy leaves penguin on ice floe only to realize that the...more
midnightfaerie
Oliver Jeffers is quickly becoming a household favorite. His unusual story lines and his compelling illustrations make him so much fun to read! Not a lot of words, but still memorable enough to keep my children, both the 5 yr old and the preschoolers, asking for him over and over again. Love this author and am looking forward to reading more of his work.
Sam
Mar 10, 2007 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who need someone
Someone will come and get you when you need them most.
Sam Grace
Feb 28, 2011 Sam Grace rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl looking for read-aloud books, books about friendship and child adventure
Recommended to Sam by: Revolutionary Grounds
A solid, simple, visually awesome and extremely well-written read aloud book. This is my second Jeffers book (the other is in Spanish too) and he really has a distinctive voice, one which is perfectly suited for kids and adults. For example, when the boy is trying to find out about where the penguin is from, he goes and asks the bird in the trees for help and they don't answer. "Some birds are like that," the text says. It is one I can easily imagine reading over and over (it has great pacing to...more
Hannah
Lost and Found is the story of a small boy who finds a penguin at his door. He assumes it must be lost, and goes to great lengths to find out where he has come from and how to help him get home. They go on a journey to the South Pole but it is only when they part that the boy realises what the penguin wanted all along.

This is a simple story, written with warmth and wit ("He asked some birds if they knew where the penguin came from. But they ignored him. Some birds are like that") and the illustr...more
Kathryn
3.5 STARS The penguin is so cute! A nice story about friendship.
Katie Lennon
This is a story about a little boys who finds a penguin on his doorstep. The boy thinks the penguin is a lost and goes about trying to discover where the penguin came from. Along his journey the boys asks the birds if they know where he came from but they do not answer, he also asks his rubber duck who just floats away. The little boy discovers that penguins come from the South Pole and decides he is going to try to bring the penguin back.

They get in his little boat and make their way to the So...more
Maria
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is a short book full of mesmerising illustrations. It is a story of a young boy who finds a penguin, the boy presumes that the penguin is lost and wants to go home. They then have some humorous illustrations of different ways the boy tries to bring the penguin back to the North Pole which children would fund amusing.
When the boy finally gets the penguin to the North Pole he leaves him there. However, on his journey home he realises that he misses the penguin, tha...more
Ann Marron
Lost and Found is a fantastic picture book written by Oliver Jeffers. It won Blue Peter Book of the Year in 2006, which immediately indicates its appeal to children. It tells the story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin and doesn't know where it came from. The penguin follows him around everywhere and determined to help him, the little boy finds out that the penguin lives in the South Pole and sets off in his rowing boat to leave him home. When they reach the South Pole, the little boy...more
Rebecca
Lost and Found / Oliver Jeffers / 2005

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Summary: What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been...more
Matt Linzey
A really affecting story that considers friendship and the notion of loneliness and being lost. This book is beautifully illustrated with amazing attention to detail of facial expression to convey emotions and feelings.

Lost and Found tells the story of a little boy who discovers a penguin at his front door and sets out to return him home, believing that this is the best thing to do and what the penguin would like him to do. The boy soon realises that maybe returning the penguin home was not what...more
Amy
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is a simple tale about a boy and a penguin and how their relationship develops. At the beginning of the story the penguin turns up at the boy’s front door looking sad. The boy presumes that the penguin is lost so he brings him to the lost and found office where he discovers that no one is missing a penguin. The boy then decides that he has to help the penguin find his way home and rows all the way to the South Pole. As the boy floats away the penguin looks even m...more
Sarah Brock
This is about a boy who one day opened his front door to find a penguin there. The boy didn’t know where he came from, or who the penguin belonged to. The boy assumes that the penguin is sad, so decided to take a journey to the South Pole to take the penguin back. They rowed all the way there, and when they got there the boy said goodbye and left the penguin behind. They both felt sad that they were not together. So they both rowed back to find each other in the sea. This is a book about two unl...more
Tim Carson
Oliver Jeffers’ book is a simple and beautiful story that starts with the word many stories written for and by children start “Once”. In this case it is “Once there was a boy” and his story begins when he finds a penguin on his doorstep.

Being a helpful sort the boy tries to find where the penguin came from. He asks everyone – from the man in Lost and Found office to his rubber duck. But in the end he discovers penguins are form the South Pole and decides to take him home by himself.

The illustrat...more
Ashley Chance
‘Lost and Found’ is a picture book by Oliver Jefffers. It is an interesting tale about an unlikely friendship between a boy and a penguin he finds outside his front door. The boy assumes the penguin must be lost, so they embark on a journey to find out where in the world the penguin comes from. However the boy soon realises that the penguin is not lost but just in need of friendship.

The story is heart-warming and anyone who has been in a situation in a new setting or environment and feels a bit...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I got one of the books in this series, Up and Down, for my nephew Felix - he's too young for it yet of course but honestly, these books are irresistible! This is the first one in the series about a little boy and his penguin friend, and tells the story of how they met. Namely, that one day a little boy found a penguin at his door. He tries to help the penguin find his home, going so far as to sail to Antarctica in his little row boat, but the penguin doesn't want to leave him - they've become be...more
Dolly
Jun 28, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We found the book Up and Down at our local library and discovered that it was one of four books about a little boy and his adventures. We had already read How to Catch a Star, but we had not yet read this one, so we put it on hold.

We really enjoyed the "boy and his penguin" angle and we wanted to see how they met, which is the story in this book. It's a sweet story about friendship and we really enjoyed reading it together. I looked for the movie version, but haven't found it yet. Now that we'v...more
Laura
This is a heart warming story about a young boy who finds a penguin. The boy assumes the penguin is lost and tries to help get him back home to the South Pole. The boy and the penguin have many adventures along the way and the boy tells him all kinds of stories. Once the young boy has returned the penguin to South Pole the boy begins his journey home alone. However, he feels something he has never felt before (loneliness). The boy then realises that the penguin must have felt the same way and go...more
Kevin O'Driscoll
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is a simple tale about a boy and a penguin. One day a mute penguin shows up on the boy’s door. The boy presumes the penguin to be lost. He tries to help the penguin by bringing it to a lost and found office to find its owner, to no avail. The boy exhausts all other alternatives available to him but still cannot find the penguin’s owner. He then assumes that the penguin simply wants to go back home to the South Pole, so the two of them set off on their journey. Th...more
Chloe Avery
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

This is a beautifully illustrated book about a boy and a penguin. The little boy firsts meets the penguin on his doorstep. The boy believes the penguin looks sad and thinks he may be lost, so decides to research where his home may be. The book follows the boy on his travels to reach the South Pole to guide the penguin home. When the penguin and the boy reach the South Pole the boy realises the penguin still looks sad. The boy leaves the penguin but soon also star...more
Nadine
A well illustrated and colourful picture book, which would be appropriate for EYFS to early Key Stage 2. The book tells of how a boy finds a penguin that is sad. The boy presumes the penguin is lost, so the boy researches where penguins come from. From his research the boy discovers penguins are from the South Pole, so they both embark on a long journey to the South Pole. When the boy leaves the penguin at the South Pole he notices the penguin is still sad. The boy and the penguin are reunited,...more
. اليازية خليفة
في هذه القصة تحديدا، استطاع المؤلف أن يرفع من ذكاء الطفل العاطفي، لأن الولد في البداية كان يسعى لمساعدة البطريق -الذي اعتقد أنه تائه وعليه إعادته إلى أرضه-، كل ما سعى إليه الولد كان يعكس حسا عميقا واهتماما بالآخر (البطريق في هذه الحالة)

أهم صفحة جعلتني أنتبه إلى أن القصة تزيد من ذكاء الطفل العاطفي ، هي الصفحة التي أوصل فيها الولد البطريق إلى القطب المتجمد وتركه وحيدا، فبدأ في مساءلة نفسه إن كان البطريق رغب بالعودة، لأن ملامحه ازدادت حزنا عندما تركه هناك!

شيء واحد خشيت منه، هل من الصحيح أن يقرأ الط...more
Heidi
Another penguin book. Maybe my thing for looking out for these for Seth S. is going to get me on my OWN penguin kick! This is a really cute book. I like that the illustrations are childlike while still being neat, professional, clear, and good at telling the story. I love some of the smaller pieces of humor in them, too. And I like how simple the story is, and though make-believe still told in a believable way. Sweet story. I liked it.

3/13/10 The wintery atmosphere of this one seemed to go well...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is the first book my son has ever picked out himself from the library. It is a cute story about a boy who finds a lost penguin, and tries to return him to the South Pole.

My son has only let me read him the whole story once. He usually interrupts me to flip through the pictures faster than I can read. He loves the little penguin, and occasionally stops flipping to pet him.

The story is very heartwarming. The little boy is trying to do something good for the penguin...more
Amy
May 07, 2014 Amy added it
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

‘The story of a lost penguin who follows a lonely boy on a mission of friendship.’

The book is an enjoyable read and is suitable for children both in the upper and lower phase of primary school. Beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found allows the reader to embark on a voyage of discovery in both how a ‘lost’ penguin was found so far away from home and in finding the books hidden meaning of friendship.

The book can be used for various activities w...more
Lorna Bellingham
A touching story of friendship between a young boy and a penguin he finds at his door. On the journey to return him to the South Pole they become friends. The boy then finds it hard to leave the penguin behind. It highlights the loneliness they both feel when they are separated and the attempt to find each other again. It addresses the importance of friendship and the feeling of loneliness without a friend. Suitable for Early Years and KS1 and could be used in pshe/re type sessions.
Nishita Patel
This book is a fantastic book for reinforcing friendship. It's a great story about a boy and a penguin and their growing friendship. The illustration and the wording is very exciting for a child, and we understand the feelings of the penguin and boy through the pictures. It's a good book to use to understand the meaning of friendship, and forgiveness as well. The lines are also humorous and relates to children. I would definately recommend it for a KS1 class.
Maureen
A boy finds a penguin at his door and is not quite sure what to do with him. He tries to help the lost and sad looking penguin but no one he asks seems to know what to do either. Finally the boy discovers that penguins come from the South Pole so he comes up with a plan to take the penguin home. The whole way there the boy tells stories and the penguin listens. At the South Pole, the penguin looks sad again as the boy helps him out of the boat. Upon leaving the boy realizes that what the penguin...more
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Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Recor...more
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