The Not-So-Brave Penguin by Steve Smallman, to put it simply, is quite adorable. Following a young penguin called Posy and her friend, Percy, the story sets the scene for a discussion about bravery and overcoming one’s fears. While Percy is adventurous and loves taking all sorts of risks in the name of fun, Posy is timid and very anxious about all the activities her friend spends his time doing.
Heights are hard for Posy, she doesn’t like sliding down the ice very fast like Percy does, and she is very, very scared of the dark. But one day, when a new iceberg floats close to their home and Percy goes out for an adventure, Posy is to scared to follow him on his fun adventure. But when Percy does not return with the other penguins, Posy is faced with a hard choice. Should she let her fears keep her at home, or should she go out and find her friend?
The artwork in this story was wonderful, definitely the sort that would keep a kid engaged and I personally enjoyed it very much. I think the story had a good moral and definitely opens up for some teachable moments. I also loved how the end of the book offered up some ideas for discussion with young children, something I always find exciting in children’s books. It’s definitely one I would recommend.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.