Fred and Beatrice are emperor penguins. One of their offspring is named Pengey. Beatrice takes off for a while, leaving her family behind. Fred gets tired of waiting because he is hungry, so he leaves Pengey to go in search for food. Pengey goes looking for Fred, and ends up getting lost. Numerous adventures ensue.
He encounters numerous predators before meeting Jasper, Wendy, and Bob who are humans. They all become friends. He is particularly attached to Wendy. When the humans get on a plane to fly back to New York, Pengey accidentally gets caught in the wheel well. He is reunited with Wendy in New York and learns how to talk.
Wendy and Pengey get into trouble, because she has illegally brought this penguin from Antarctica. The two of them get separated, and the rest of the book is about Pengey trying to find his way back to her again in New York City.
The story starts as a fictional account of how penguins really live in Antarctica, and is full of facts. The story is cute, but it feels like it coming from all different directions. It starts out like a science book, and then turns into a sweet story of a girl and her penguin. Then there is this crazy bit at a circus with a mad scientist and evil circus master.
Children will probably enjoy reading about Pengey and his various adventures. It just wasn't one of my new favorite chapter books. You will have to check it out for yourself.
I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review of this book.