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Lost and Found

(The Boy #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  9,254 ratings  ·  803 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, d
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 29th 2005 by Philomel Books (first published 2004)
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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
Mar 20, 2016 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
Mar 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Someone will come and get you when you need them most.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door..." So begins this sweet, heartwarming tale, the second of four to feature the aforementioned boy and his adventures. Determining that his penguin visitor is lost, the boy sets out to return him to his home in the South Pole. After a long voyage, one featuring plenty of stories and good fellowship, the two arrive at their destination. But although he has reached his goal, the boy isn't happy...

Like its predecessor, How to Catch a Star , Lo
Feb 04, 2013 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
Felicity Gibson
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book conveys the importance of friendship, through exploring the themes of sympathy, loneliness and teamwork. It is ideal for reading aloud to children in Key Stage One and can be used as the starting point to a discussion about friendship.
Fatima Alqassab
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, children
Cute and heartwarming story as expected from Oliver Jeffer.
Jul 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A funny, but good story about being lonely. I really enjoyed listening to this story. Great drawings.
Ann Marron
Oct 06, 2011 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
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS The penguin is so cute! A nice story about friendship.
I really liked this book. I first thought was going to be about a boy who had lost his penguin and was going on an adventure to find him however it contains a far deeper message – a message on companionship. It depicts a boy attempting to help a penguin, who turned up at his door one day, who he realises is sad and thinks this is due to him being lost. So, they boy goes on a journey to help the penguin find its way home. He goes to a number of places to find the penguins home to no avail. Sudden ...more
There once was a boy who had a huge heart. When the boy discovers that something isn’t right, he feels that he knows what the right/correct solution is but he doesn’t know how to get it done. He searches and asks for answers and when he feels he knows the process, he takes the initiative to try to make everything right. It’s a huge undertaking but this caring boy is determined and selfless as he carries out this responsibility.

It's only when everything is correct, when this task is finally comp
Katie Mote
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a lovely picture book, for young children. Although like with a lot of picture books, all children are able to enjoy it. It's about a little boy who finds a penguin at his door and realises the penguin is sad. He wants to make the penguin happy and so finds out where penguins come from and travels to the south pole to take penguin back home. As they reach the south pole it's clear that the penguin isn't lost, he's just lonely. And so the little boy brings him back home with him. The book ...more
Victoria Bailey
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that tells the story of the adventures of a young boy who wakes up to find a penguin on his doorstep.
Before reading this story, I had seen the movie adaptation of it with my boyfriend's niece, who absolutely loves it and was excited to show me. Upon reading the book, I found myself moved once more by the enriched values of friendship that are portrayed through the story and beautiful illustrations. This book left me feeling uplifted and would definitely recommend!
Jacob Michael
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I help pingu find his home. Pingu sits in an umbella and we come back home. Thank you piya and gofs for this book.
Nhi Nguyễn
Can Oliver Jeffers ever write anything that is bad? I guess never! The author delivers another beautiful story, perfect for not only kids but also adults. I love the message in this book so much!!!! Some people are not lost; they are just lonely. What a wholesome book. And the teal color of the cover is growing on me, yessss :))))
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

One word about this book - awww!
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of grown ups that I know really enjoy Oliver Jeffers' work. I've read a couple of books which include his illustrations in the past, but this was the first taste I had of his solo work. The story in Lost and Found is really sweet, and it has a lovely message at its core. As I expected, the illustrations are the real triumph here; it is a sheer joy to look at. ...more
Rasha Zayed
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Penguin wasn't lost he was just lonely ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oliver Jeffers never fails to impress. This is such a poignant tale about a boy and a penguin who find each other and forge a friendship.
Aug 25, 2012 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
Ty Deedigan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Lost and Found is a charming tale told by Oliver Jeffers depicting the story of a little boy who cannot figure out where this penguin came from and why he doesn’t want to be in the South pole.

This book is perfect for younger readers, to introduce them to the concept of simple punctuation, grammar and increasing their ability to retell a story; with the use of cartoon style pictures encouraging them to read on. Children will not be able to stop reading as the story progresses with different twis
Sam Grace
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
Oct 24, 2013 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.
Sarah Coles
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated picture book - a must have for EYFS and KS1!
Frances Coe
Read this to year 2 and 3 mixed class today. Allowed one child to choose a book from the shelf and this is what they selected. Many children called out that they had read this before but quickly came together on the carpet so we could read as a cosy little group. It was nice that they were familiar with it, as they pointed out sweet little details from within the illustrations to me. The tale is of a penguin you turns up on a boys doorstep. The boy thinks he must need help getting home to the So ...more
Francesca Lee
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I borrowed this book on placement to read. It is about a penguin that arrives at a boys house. The boy thinks he is lost so he tries to help the penguin back home. The boy rows the penguin back to the south pole but when the boy leaves the penguin there he looks sad. The boy realises that the penguin wasn't lost, just lonely. So he rows back to find him but he is gone. Soon he finds the penguin bobbing on an umbrella in the sea and picks him up in the rowing boat. They both look happy.

This book
Jaimie Morris
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a wonderful story about friendship. It is beautifully illustrated and has a few simple words per page. There was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door. He thinks the penguin must be lost and so he tries to return him but where do you return a penguin too? A great book to share with a class.
Lauren Drake
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely story about friendship and feeling lonely. The story was simple and flowed well and the illustrations were beautiful. I think children in the early years and ks1 would really enjoy this book and think that it would be a good basis for a discussion about friendship - maybe in a PSHCE lesson or just a general discussion when reading-aloud.
Another great book by Jeffers!
Dec 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oliver Jeffers knows how to write a simple and sweet story. In this, a little boy finds a lost penguin and is determined to help him find home. But in the end, he realizes that maybe the penguin was not lost at all, maybe he was just lonely. Jeffers is a popular author for a reason and this book does not disappoint.

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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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