I ve always loved penguins, and sea voyages, and I loved this book! A delightfully illustrated wordless story that says a lot with a little: the value of curiosity over complacency, the joy of travel and the friendships we forge along the way; how new experiences enrich and change us, so that when we finally return home we re not quite the same person (or penguin) we were before we left.—Eric Fan of the Fan Brothers, authors and illustrators of the award-winning The Night Gardener, Amazon s best book of the year (2016)Penguin Sets Sail is a sweet, silent adventure that plays out in a cinematic and almost musical manner. Jessica Linn Evans's lovely watercolor paintings provide a vast, vibrantly colored landscape for the reader s mind to wander as they help create the story in their mind.—Joe Sutphin, illustrator of NYT-bestseller Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather SagaPenguin Sets Sail is a wordless picture book that takes readers on an adventure-filled journey in which a penguin travels the high seas and discovers the importance of family, friendship, and home. All of the penguins think only of fish, that is, all except for one paper-hat-wearing and book-carrying penguin whose curiosity surrounding a washed-up paddle boat leads him on a great adventure. After Penguin repairs the boat and sets off into the vast blue ocean, paddling past dark cliffs, flowing waterfalls, and a lighthouse perched at the end of a craggy headland, he spots a rabbit with a spyglass. Rabbit boards the boat and they paddle together until they meet a raccoon with a compass. The three companions continue their travels and brave a wild storm that capsizes their vessel. When they paddle safely to a beach, they share their wild story with a flock of gulls. With the adventure of a lifetime behind them, Penguin dreams of more worldwide travels. That is until a special moment has the new friends returning home to their families. The illustrations, rendered with watercolor and black ink, are an enticing blend of comic panels, speech and thought bubbles, and impressive full-page scenes. The artwork offers varied perspectives closeups and aerial views providing the readers with both intimacy among friends and the expansive nature of the world. Readers can see a world in which you could easily become lost without the connections of friends, family, and having a home in which to return. The pleasing sequencing in Penguin Sets Sail will have children readily interpreting the pictures, making connections to the story and the characters. This picture book is an excellent choice for any young storyteller or storytime listener.
—The Childrens Book Review