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Sunk! by Rob Biddulph

We love Rob Biddulph’s first picture book, Blown Away, in which we were introduced to Penguin Blue and his friends. Now they’re back in another story, Sunk!, a fun, rhyming adventure about pirates and friendship. 

The Story: Penguin Blue and his friends set sail on a pirate adventure across the seven seas. When an accident causes their ‘ship’ to sink they discover a shipwreck below the waves. The captain of the ship has been stranded on a desert island but thanks to Penguin Blue’s ingenious idea his ship is recovered and the friends discover treasure of the non material kind.

Rob’s bouncy, easy to read, rhyming text, combined with his amusing illustrations, sets a fast, swashbuckling pace for Penguin Blue’s adventure. He’s joined on the treasure trail by two penguin friends plus Clive, the polar bear, and Wilbur, the seal, but they find more than they bargained for when their dinghy sinks. We love Penguin Blue’s brilliant plan to raise the ship from the seabed which ensures that everybody can get home but that’s not quite the end of the story…

Sunk! includes all the ingredients necessary for a pirate adventure. The friends put on their pirate headgear and arm themselves with a cutlass, a treasure map and Penguin Blue’s favourite book which helps them to identify the ship. Even Clive and Wilbur don pirate themed teeshirts and, as in Blown Away, Wilbur’s washing and his washing line play an important role in the story (his spotty tablecloth comes in useful more than once!). We keep finding humorous little details in the illustrations, my daughter was really excited to spot the ‘stowaway’ from Blown Away! I love the map showing the seven seas which shows the magnitude of the friends’ journey in an original way (and helps to promote number recognition!) but my favourite illustration shows the friends setting sail to find treasure, I find Clive’s ‘accessories’ particularly amusing!

Sunk! will appeal to all young penguin and pirate fans. We love both the text and the illustration on the final double spread which show how Penguin Blue’s pirate adventure has benefited not only him and his friends but many other penguins as well.

Age Range: 3 to 7

Author / Illustrator: Rob Biddulph


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20 responses to “Sunk! by Rob Biddulph”


  1. Kate Fever avatar

    You can’t beat a good pirate adventure! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      A pirate / penguin adventure is such an original idea!!


  2. Colette avatar

    A perfectly timed review for #NationalPenguinDay!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It was perfectly timed wasn’t it?!! – coincidentally!!!!


  3. The Reading Residence avatar

    I’m a big penguin fan, so I like the look of this one!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fabulous, as is Blown Away, the story of Penguin Blue’s first adventure 🙂


  4. suz avatar

    My grandson is quite interested in pirates at the moment. I’ll definitely look out for this one.
    Great review.
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fun story for pirate fans 🙂


  5. Acorn Books avatar

    What a lovely review! We’re so excited about this book as Blown Away is one of our favourites, got my eye on it for my son’s birthday #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Blown Away is brilliant and Sunk! has a kite in one of the illustrations too 🙂


  6. Helena avatar

    I love penguins they are so versatile and this story sounds lots of fun. #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is fun, it’s the first time we’ve come across pirate penguins (or penguin pirates!).


  7. BookBairn avatar

    I am sooooooo jealous that you have this! Can not wait to read it! We love Penguin Blue! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      We borrowed a copy of Sunk! from the library. I was surprised to find it in there as it has so recently been published.


  8. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Definitely one for son2. He is such a penguin addict. This looks great #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      This is the perfect story for penguin addicts 🙂


  9. Shell Louise avatar

    This sounds like a really fun book that my nephew would enjoy 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are so many fun details in the illustrations for children (and adults!) to spot!


  10. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    My godson is really into pirates right now, sounds like a book he would really enjoy, thanks for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Pirates and penguins is a fantastic combination!!

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