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Your Personal Penguin

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,311 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Your Personal Penguin is an irrepressible, read-aloud, listen-along favorite for young children and the grown-ups who read to them. Fun to hold, the book tells the story of a slightly bewildered hippo and the loyal penguin who wants nothing more than to be his pal:

Now, lots of other penguins seem to be fine
in a universe of nothing but ice.
But if I could be yours, and you
Board Book, 24 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by Workman Publishing Company (first published 2006)
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks

My wife just can't stop singing it to her husband. :D

Teamed up with the tone that it is so beautifully sung, the lyrics make it one of those rhymes that get stuck in your mind.

The twisting and turning lines are cute to say the very least.

Simple verses, profound memories.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I loved this one. Everyone should read this book and demand for a personal penguin and accept that personal penguin!

Sings this song for you, Archit!! Youtube Link, You Have To Listen To It.

Christia Katz Mulvey
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the books I read all.the.time to my wee bitty boy. Boynton's books generally have a wonderful sense of whimsy and wistfulness that make them excellent to read (over and over).

That being said, I haven't learned the song accompaniment because I always sing it to the tune of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," which seems thematically fitting to the Penguin's serious boundary issues with Hippo. I usually end the tale by hypothesizing that Hippo might perhaps tell Penguin that they can
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Basically, a short book about a penguin explaining his undying (kinda stalkerish, I must say) affection for a hippo.

Throughout the book, the hippo looks totally dumbstruck by all this attention.

If you're coming at it from a different angle, I guess it might be kinda creepy (the scene with the penguin shining a flashlight at the sleeping hippo comes to mind), but as my nieces know this is Not Really Appropriate Behaviour that just, to them, makes it funnier.

Found the song (downloadable... somewhe
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
We just love the Sandra Boynton books with accompanying songs. They are so much fun, and really bring the story to life.

This book was another enjoyable read with a cute song sung by Davy Jones! It’s catchy and gets stuck in your head, and my daughter loves dancing to it.

This book is short, and pretty cute, but would definitely not be as good without the song to listen along to.

Definitely check out Boynton’s musical books.

I had never heard the Monkees song, so my initial impression was that the song didn't have the easy fun rhythm I've come to expect from Sandra Boynton books (and no, it doesn't really work to use the tune of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus").
Samantha Penrose
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
A sweet, simple story that rivals our old Boynton favorite "snuggle puppy". The story is all about how much better things are when we are together. I love the page that says "I want to travel with you far and wide"...there is a drawing (same style as all Boynton books) of the hippo and the penguin in a hot air balloon with a real life photograph (a little blurry) of mountain tops and clouds in the background.
With Snuggle Puppy, we never heard the song...I made up my own tune for it. I tried to d
Michelle Gray
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I have a copy of it at home! :)

Read this to Rose for the first time 8/21/2015. So many baby smiles!
Lil Old Bookworm
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We just adore Sandra Boynton! This book is about a penguin who just wants to hang around with his hippo friend. There is a song download so you can find out the "correct" way to sing, but I just enjoy coming up with my own little tune and my daughter laughs along while enjoying the charming illustrations. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My family loves this book. It's definitely a sing-along book with everyone singing, including the two year old. There should be a read and re-read bookshelf/tag option and this book definitely belongs there. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Points for weirdness.
The kids' grandpa reading this to them= hysterical.
A little desperate, stalkerish, and one-sided, on the part of the penguin.
Sad if you overthink it and wonder if you or your kid is the penguin in this scenario and if they will respond more enthusiastically to you than the hippo does, once they're grown.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
I think this book is sorta meh, it's not a rollicking book rhyme scheme but more song lyrics. But Lars loves it. It's his first book that's a favorite. ...more
Miss Kelly
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this in my brother's wedding. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I downloaded the song immediately .
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-children
Just not as catchy or fun as Boynton's other books. ...more
Bridgette Elston
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't forget to go to to get the song version of this book. ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b
Sandra Boynton is our jam. We love her. This book has singing, a hippo and a very devoted penguin, what more does a book really need? 🐧
Alix Saunders
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The best of all Sandra Boynton's books. Easy to memorize and find rhythm in the words. Fun song by Davy Jones from the Monkeys, too! ...more
Danielle Robertson
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Cute but the phrase Your Personal Penguin is in there just a few too many times. It's like those pop songs that are only 3min long but feel like they could be 45 seconds shorter. ...more
Brooke Casper
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Cute way to say 'I am by your side' ...more
Andy Morgan
I have read this book, and could sing you the song to prove it.
Mama Bibliosoph
What we love about this book:

-Upbeat, catchy singalong song.
-Rhyming lyrics.
-Lots of repetition of one line: "I want to be your personal penguin."
-Colorful and adorable illustrations of the same two animal friends (a penguin and a hippo) on every page.
-A social theme (friendship).


-You really do have to learn the song because the book reads oddly on its own.
-A few of the pages are somewhat high-contrast (mostly black images on an all-white background), which I've read can cause sensory
Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mom. Seth Stewart
From this book I learned that I love Boynton Silliness. And that Davy Jones from the Monkees still sings silly songs! Cutest pictures around. And a great book to share with loved ones.

4/17/13 & 4/18/13: Letter P theme and I had to use this! Brought in my own board book, too. I read it first. I think the kids were wondering if they should be smiling or not. "Penguin? Hippo? What?" But they liked the pictures. Then I told them that the book was put to music. Yep--I'd brought in my iPod! I had them
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Wouldn't it be nice to have a friend to be with you everywhere you go? If you are having a bad day just looking at Sandra Boynton pictures can help you remember the joy of children room.

You've got to listen to Davy Jones from The Monkees sing this on YouTube! I played it in our homeschool as my children were doing math and my 14 year-old loved it!

** Talking Points - Who are some of your best friends? What do you like to do together? If you could have an animal as a friend what would it be?

** Es
Kirsten Mellin
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't know how Sandra Boynton does it, but I always enjoy her books. I wish I could pin point what it is about her writing style that I just love. Even though I can't put my finger on exactly why I love these books here are some things in her books I enjoy; The rhyming is always fun, the animal characters make me smile, the books seem to be just the right length for toddlers,and the stories really are just excellent.

This book is so sweet with the almost love story kind of feel between penguin
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
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Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents, babies, toddlers, kids
Shelves: manga
This is a great book to read to the littlest ones. I've been reading it to my daughter since she was first born, and she loves it. It's become one of the staples to the bedtime routine. It's easily memorized as well, so even you don't have the book with you, you can tell the story over and over. And with all of Boynton's books it seems, the story is almost always sung, which is why my daughter likes it so much. ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Why does this boardbook kill me? Well, the penguin makes an endearing case for friendship--he's sincere but has an edge of salesmanship that makes you smile (e.g. "Now there's a lot of other penguins out there...") I think this is a great book to introduce the idea of friendship. In the boardbook genre--it ranks high for me.

Oh, and you can download the original song (Davy Jones of The Monkeys) for free. Although, it's not that catchy.

May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I LOVE Sandra Boynton, and when I came across this story I was swept away. It has meaning for someone of any age. Children can enjoy it, and can sing along to it, and adults can relate personally to it. 'I want to be your personally penguin' Who can resit someone who loves you so much that in spite of all of their differences they want to travel with you to the ends of the earth and do things that you enjoy? I know I can't! ...more
Barbara Folk
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my 3 year old son in a bookstore years ago. I also found out about the song that night. About a year and a half later, I spent the evening of Thanksgiving with my daughter and son at the Kennedy Center watching Sandra Boynton and her children act out a variety of her books. The highlight of the evening was Davy Jones singing Personal Penguin.

I love all of Sandra's books, but this and "But Not the Hippopotamus" are my favorites.
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