A brand-new character in the children’s book world, Einstein is a ‘little penguin’ from an Australian zoo who turns up in London, looking for his rockhopper penguin friend Isaac. The Stewart family encounter the little creature on an outing to London Zoo, and Mrs Stewart politely tells Einstein ‘And you, Mr Penguin, must come and stay with us whenever you like. Penguins are always very welcome at our house.’
The very next day, the family are amazed to find Einstein has done just that!
In this, the story is reminiscent of the Paddington Bear series. However, Einstein has his own, enchanting personality and reasons for being so far from his usual home.
He quickly becomes a favourite with the children, budding sleuth Imogen and shy Arthur. Even their parents find themselves catering to the penguin’s need for fish at every meal, making sure their guest is comfortable.
Einstein’s wish to find his friend lead the family on a chase to Edinburgh and home again, all the while trying to evade the mysterious tall man with the Australian accent. Does he mean Einstein harm? How can they find Isaac before he does?
It’s a fun, sweet story that will appeal to younger readers, especially those who love penguins – and really, who doesn’t?
I suspect this is the first book in a new series and look forward to reading more of Einstein’s adventures with the Stewarts.
Einstein the Penguin is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in December 2021.
My thanks to the publishers for a review copy.