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Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

When Penguin Blue flies a kite for the first time he literally gets Blown Away! But where will he land and will he find a way to get home again?

The Story: Penguin Blue’s kite gets blown away in a strong wind and takes him with it. Various friends try to help him but they get blown away as well! After a long flight the animals land on a jungle island but they miss home so Penguin Blue comes up with a rescue plan to get them back again.

Blown Away tells the story of the animals’ adventure using an easy to read, bouncy, rhyming text. The penguins are joined by Wilbur the seal (and his washing!) and Clive the polar bear but they find the jungle habitat very different to their icy home and one penguin misses his family. The jungle animals help Penguin Blue put his plan into action and we love the way that the friends get home (with a stowaway on board!)

Rob Biddulph’s illustrations are beautiful and they include so many humorous touches that are not mentioned in the text, my daughter loves the ice-cream van in the jungle and I find the inclusion of spotty underpants on Wilbur’s washing line hilarious – are they his I wonder?! The final endpaper shows the stowaway with a kite which leaves us wondering about a possible sequel and we’re intrigued by the animal wearing the spotty underpants on the final page.

Blown Away is a fantastic book to use for a classroom topic on animals and their habitats. Reading the story can stimulate discussion about climate differences, which animals live in cold lands and which live in warmer environments. I would absolutely love to make a classroom wall display using this story, the children could choose and create their own animals to fly behind the kite.

It is amazing how this simple, enjoyable story introduces so many themes (friendship, problem solving, homesickness, animal habitats) both through the text and the pictures which complement each other in such a wonderful way. It’s fantastic that there are so many translated versions too!

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

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16 responses to “Blown Away by Rob Biddulph”

  1. Boo Roo and Tigger Too avatar

    This sounds like a wonderful book to pick up for my nephew’s birthday #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope that he enjoys it 🙂

  2. Mrs Tubbs avatar

    The Tubblet used to love books about penguins when she was little and this one sounds great fun

    1. Catherine avatar

      Blown Away is fun and has a lovely rhyming text that bounces along through the adventure 🙂

  3. chantelle hazelden avatar

    sounds like there are some fantastic characters in this book!! thanks for linking up with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      We have a soft spot for Wilbur the seal with his red spotty bloomers 🙂

  4. BookBairn avatar

    This book is on my ‘to read’ list and has been for a while. But your post has bumped it up near the top. Time to request it from the library I think! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      We were very lucky to find a brand new hardback copy in a charity shop 🙂

  5. Emma - My Book Corner avatar

    I do love Rob Biddulph’s work.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We’ve just read Rob Biddulph’s Grrrrr! which was a fun story too 🙂

  6. Erica Price avatar

    It does sound like a gorgeous story. I can imagine how there could be lots of imaginative fun with this one. And a penguin too – that’s always good.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love penguins in stories too 🙂

  7. Jessica Powell avatar

    This sounds great – I love books with rhyming text, and the art looks adorable. 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are gorgeous and so full of humour 🙂

  8. Adventures of Adam avatar

    Adam is loving all things penguins at the moment so this book would be great. Have you seen Hiku? Take a look at Adventures of Adam and search for Penguin Story Stones!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I don’t know Hiku. Your penguin story stones are absolutely gorgeous 🙂