Puffin Peter (Hardcover)

By Petr Horacek, Petr Horacek (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763665722, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/2012)
Hardcover (7/1/2011)

List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Kids will delight in this witty story of mistaken identity from acclaimed author-illustrator Petr Horácek.

Peter and Paul are puffins and the best of friends. But one day Peter gets lost in a terrible storm, and Paul is nowhere to be found. With the help of a big blue whale, Peter sets out, determined to find his pal. What the pair discovers is that many other birds match the description Peter gives of Paul, but none are quite like his friend. With gorgeous collage artwork and a lighthearted touch, this fun read-aloud tale will both amuse and enlighten.

About the Author

Petr Horácek grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Inspired by his two daughters, he has created numerous books for children, including One Spotted Giraffe, Silly Suzy Goose, and Strawberries Are Red. He lives in England.

Praise For Puffin Peter

Readers of all ages will swoon over Horácek’s lush, brightly colored mixed-media illustrations that lend life to the ocean, the different birds encountered, and Peter’s many emotions during his quest. This tale of friendship and perseverance is a must-have for public and school libraries alike.
—School Library Journal

[Horácek's] beautiful mixed-media illustrations have vibrant, bold colors and simple shapes that will appeal to young listeners and also provide a few basic lessons on ocean life. A sweet tale of friendship and persistence.
—Kirkus Reviews

The tale of a puffin separated from his friend provides a stage for Horacek’s intense colors and rich textures...There’s a lighthearted lesson there about communication—what’s obvious to one person isn’t obvious to another—and excitement, too.
—Publishers Weekly

Rough strokes and washes of color create a powerful sense of the oceans, beaches, jungles, and skies and present multihued and appealing characters, filling in the story told by the very simple prose...Very young audiences will feel the suspense and relief of finding a lost pal and will enjoy this short and colorful diversion.

The short, streamlined text and large, bold illustrations increase this title’s value for group storytimes as well. Multiple layers and shadings of color give Horácek’s mixed media art a textured and dramatic fresco-like flair... The separated friends story, vibrant illustrations, and casual introduction to simple deductive reasoning will make this a hit with the preschool crowd.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Full of bright color, Petr Horacek's PUFFIN PETER, with a gratifying, age-appropriate revelation, will resonate with the 2- to 5-year-old reading public.
—The Wall Street Journal