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Penguin in Love


3.83  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Penguin unravels a mystery that leads him to discover the biggest adventure of his life!

One day, Penguin was looking for love,
But instead he found . . .
A mitten.

When Penguin finds a lost mitten on the ice one day, he wonders who it belongs to—after all, every mitten has a mate! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this cute story, Penguin goes in search of the owner of a lone mitten. When he cannot find its mate, he undertakes knitting one himself. Meanwhile, Bootsy is on the other side of the island, knitting things for her friends. When they both run out of yarn they travel far and wide to find some, only to discover that they are actually looking for love. Penguin and Bootsy find it... atop a high mountain. Cute story, thought Neo, but why are penguins knitting when they do not have fingers? Leave i ...more
Elaine Pelton
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Illustrations are adorable, but the narrative is quite confusing and disjointed. And what was up with the whole cosy knitting thing?
Lauren Allen
A plot that lacked direction (did Penguin ever realize that Bootsy made the mitten from page 1? Did Bootsy and Penguin realize that their yarn was stolen by meddling puffins? How could they knit on their journey to find their missing yarn?) but cute illustrations.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I LOVE THIS PENGUIN!!!!!!! He is so lovable and cute. These penguin books have a simple and sweet message that is so heart-warming to children as well as adults. I love this series; looking forward to many more.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This story was so confusing to me. I couldn't follow along, and I had no idea what was happening.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's books. Bright, bold, colorful, simple, fun...great for kids. In this story, two penguins meet, are separated, and find each other again.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penguin love - so sweet!
Maggie Mattmiller
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was really confused throughout this book. I wanted to like it- knitting penguins, cute idea. But I have no idea what happened.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So sweet and really cute art.
Penguin is back with all his sweetness, looking for love, but this time finds a mitten. While looking for the owner, he meets another penguin, Bootsy and this time they carry on their adventures through helping others by knitting what is needed. (Rather funny to see birds with beak warmers!) When their yarn disappears, they follow the ‘stringy’ trail while meeting all kinds of animals, helping out too! I was a little confused since they lost their yarn, but began knitting again. In the story, th ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book is so damn cute, I'm willing to forgive Salina Yoon the WHOLE tree growing fiasco from two Penguin books ago. I want to sell this book to everyone ever to the point where I may sneak into other bookstores to do it.

Henry Herz
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story featuring adorable penguins. I loved the artwork, as well as the humor of puffins wearing snout cozies.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Knitting penguins searching for their true love? Adorable! I can't wait to use this for a read-a-loud during Valentine's Day.
The logic of the story is a little weak (where did the yarn come from that they were following/knitting up?) and the story is a little disjointed and perhaps more complex than it needs to be, but the message is still a good one - finding love makes for a big adventure. This isn't my favorite in the Penguin series (that would probably be Penguin on Vacation or Penguin's Big Adventure) but it's still not a bad one.

And really, who cares about logic when it's SO FREAKIN' CUTE?? Penguin and Bootsy kn
Anthony Burt
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful picture book about a penguin searching for love in an icy wilderness. The simple, emotional and engaging first line grabbed me by the heart-strings: “One day, Penguin was looking for love.”

With bold, cute illustrations by writer-illustrator Salina Yoon, it tells the story of a knitting Penguin roaming around to find love, but finds a lost mitten instead. This then leads to him searching for the mitten’s owner, talking to his many friends and relatives about
Penguin is on a mission; a love mission. He’s looking for love, but instead he finds a mitten...and a mystery to solve! While Penguin searches for the mitten’s owner, his friend Bootsy is busy knitting snout cozies to keep her friends nice and toasty...and because “knitting warmed her lonely heart.” Aww. Penguin becomes busy with knitting, too, and he knits a “friend” for the mitten he found! Meanwhile, a couple of puffins have flown down from out of town and start causing some mischief (or are ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Penguin, Bootsy and the supporting cast are cute. It reinforces the idea that love is formed through the things you do and share with each other. It depicts a male Penguin with a love of knitting, which is pretty cool because crocheting and sewing is an interest if one of my sons and it's hard to find male characters embracing it so smoothly.

I think it's a bit weird that the Penguins are socializing with seals given their real life relationships on the food chain, but kids' books do that a lot,
Penguin in Love I read this whole series (all the ones we had at the library anyway) over lunch. They're cute stories, but I thought they might have a little more substance to them. I still enjoyed the books. The illustrations are very cute. This one gets dramatic in the middle and I probably enjoyed it the most.
I also didn't look up their publish order beforehand so I kept starting one and then setting it aside because it referenced characters or past events I hadn't met or read about yet. The
Emily Parker
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet and heart warming book that reminds children that when you love someone they will always find their way back at the end and not to give up because giving up does not mean anything more. I never realized the true meaning behinds childrens picture books until I read them when I was a little older and can understand the meaning behind them it is a very good theme to this book and the interaction between penguins and other animals that are reaching out to help them shows a good humanity ...more
Meg McGregor
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lexi-victoria
This is a very, very, very, sweet story about friendship and love; and the need, to find that very special someone, who makes, life worth living!

My girls just love Penguin; we wanted to know, where Penguin would find, the right girl for him!

Turns out she was always there..... and, he found her, through their mutual love of knitting!

Of course, the puffins helped bring them together. They were awesome matchmakers!

A charming story, that helps little ones learn, that love can be as simple as findin
Alicia Evans
I love the Penguin books and this one is one of the cutest! Not only do the penguins knit, but they're looking for love and sometimes love is right in front of you. I love their adventures and all their friends along the way. It's definitely a book to not think too much about and just enjoy. Lovely.

For: fans of the Penguin books; readers looking for a romantic read.

Possible red flags: some may find the narrative confusing considering all the side conversations.
Miss Sarah
Penguin and his friend bootsy are knitting mittens and other clothes for all of their sea friends. what happens when their yarn goes missing? cute and lovable penguin never fails to delight. Strong friendship themes. preschool and up for length
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
two flying friends decide to play matchmaker. This is one of the cutest books I have seen. The story was adorable and it is not too wordy. The pictures are what make this book do dang awesome. I love salina, all her books are so well thought out and heartfelt.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I uncomfortably realistic love story. Penguin is looking for love but even with help it is not easy. Something gets in the way. It all works out in the end but it was more than I expected from a picture book.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
How can you go wrong with knitting penguins? Well, everything was so nonsensical! I haven't read this with any grandchildren. Maybe they would love the nonsense of it. The illustrations are bright and sweet. The story overall is rather sweet. Just...weird.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This little penguin is too cute!! I picked this one up while planning a penguin themed storytime and I loved it!
Julie Esanu
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My students absolutely love Penguin and his adventures!
Lucy Holland
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goo goo ga ga love penguin
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Another endearing story about Penguin who falls in love with Bootsy. Cute knitting subtext.
Jenna Mills
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-book
Rather odd and nonsensical even if it came from a good place with a positive message.
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Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of over 150 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin's Big Adventure, Found, and Stormy Night.

Her latest book, Be a Friend, was a Winter 2015-2016 Kids' Indie Next Pick. Among her other awards are a Scholastic Teachers Top 10 Picture Book for Penguin's Big Adventure, an

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