Although the simple yet expressive penguins make the book look cute and child friendly, the problems these penguins are having are rather grown up ones. Some of them might well need a bit of awkward explaining to a person not yet at least a teenager, and some are pitched directly at adults, like this one "Well, that didn't turn out at all like those bitches on Pinterest said it would." And some spoke directly to my own life experiences: "Halfway through changing clothes, Patty became trapped half-in and half-out of her dress, and now she fears she will die and be found this way." That being said, my 12 year old son and I enjoyed looking at it together, and my mother also got several laughs out of it. So like I said, a good one for quick and easy present giving!
Mary Laura Philpott is the creator of The RandomPenguins.com, where you can see lots of penguins, some with problems! And she was kind enough to take the time to draw penguins for everyone in line. Here is the penguin she drew for me:
(Thank you, Ms. Philpott! It is a lovely penguin.)