Dunbar s winsome mixed-media illustrations carry the day in a story that pulls a few punches on readers. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Bank Street College Best Children s Book of the Year
A Cooperative Children s Book Center Choice
A Baker s Dozen: Best Children s Books for Family Literacy Selection (Pennsylvania)
Ben rips open his present and finds a penguin inside. Hello, Penguin he says. What shall we play? But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, does a dizzy dance, and sticks out his tongue, Penguin makes no response. What will it take for Penguin to say something or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say? Spare illustrations bring whimsy to this offbeat tale, in which a little boy gets his heart s desire."