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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, d
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 29th 2005 by Philomel Books (first published 2004)
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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
Picture Books with Penguins
4th out of 71 books — 46 voters
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise BrownThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 25, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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
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Gerry
Mar 20, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't resist a book with a penguin in it. And thank goodness I didn't resist this one. It is super.

It is a simple story about a boy and a penguin but the feelings it arouses are many; there is pathos aplenty, a fear of being alone, wonderment, disappointment, determination and above all happiness and friendship.

The boy in the story, unnamed, finds a penguin on his doorstep and wonders where he comes from. The penguin, meanwhile, stands there looking all very sad. The boy thinks the pengui
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Katsumi
Feb 15, 2013 Katsumi rated it really liked it
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
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Sam
Mar 10, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who need someone
Someone will come and get you when you need them most.
Saffron
Oct 08, 2012 Saffron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
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Sam Grace
Feb 28, 2011 Sam Grace rated it really liked it  ·  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
midnightfaerie
Oct 24, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Lakshmi
Oct 10, 2014 Lakshmi rated it really liked it
Lost and found is a quite interesting children story book which talks about a lost penguin and a little boy. The boy did not know where the penguin come from or who it belonged to. He thought that the penguin looked sad because it got lost and decides to help him to find its way home rowing all the way to south pole.
I liked the way the story moves with the search of finding the home to the penguin: checking in the lost and found office and reading the book to find where do the penguin live and e
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Hannah
Feb 17, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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Kathryn
Feb 21, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
3.5 STARS The penguin is so cute! A nice story about friendship.
Caroline Watkinson
Feb 08, 2016 Caroline Watkinson rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. I felt as though the meaning behind it and the message of friendship and loneliness was really strong and portrayed in a very appropriate and thought-provoking way.

I enjoyed the fact the boat travels from left to right to help to represent the journey that the pair make. The last page is also very interesting as the image shows a group of whales travelling alongside the pair, which almost portrays family and friendship and solidarity and whales always travel together
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Katie Lennon
Oct 06, 2011 Katie Lennon rated it it was amazing
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
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Maria
Oct 06, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
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
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Ann Marron
Oct 06, 2011 Ann Marron rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Lost and Found / Oliver Jeffers / 2005

Genre: Picture Book Fiction

Format: Book

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
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Matt Linzey
May 07, 2012 Matt Linzey rated it really liked it
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
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Amy
Nov 30, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Feb 29, 2012 Sarah Brock rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2013 Tim Carson rated it it was amazing
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
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Ashley Chance
May 01, 2013 Ashley Chance rated it really liked it
‘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
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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 liked it
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
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Laura
Jan 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Kevin O'Driscoll rated it really liked it
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
Rasheada Khan
Jan 19, 2013 Rasheada Khan rated it it was amazing
A magical tale of friendship and loneliness. For children aged 3+

This book is about the beautiful friendship of a boy called Oliver and a...penguin!

The story begins when penguin turns up at Oliver's house. Oliver assumes that penguin is lost and takes him to the lost and found office. He found that nobody had reported a lost penguin.
Oliver then goes on a journey to find out where penguin had come from.
They reach the south pole, as Oliver assumes that is what penguin wanted. In his attempt to l
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Chloe Avery
Jan 22, 2012 Chloe Avery rated it really liked it
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
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Cara Byrne
Jan 14, 2016 Cara Byrne rated it it was amazing
My favorite of Jeffers' "Boy" series. A young boy befriends a penguin and hopes to help him find his way to the South Pole, but he eventually learns that the only company the penguin was seeking is the boy's own. It's a very cute, well-illustrated book.
Nadine
Oct 07, 2011 Nadine rated it it was amazing
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
Zaz
Nov 08, 2015 Zaz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was a cute story about friendship, with two cute characters. The drawings were lovely, I really liked all the part on the sea!
. 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
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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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