Speaking of Mr Jeffers, he has a new book out in September as a follow on from Lost and Found…which follows the delightful story of a slightly bemused boy and a very lost penguin. It’s a stunning book and the animation which showed on Channel 4 in Christmas 2008 was just gorgeous and complemented the book beautifully.
I hope Jeffers will continue with this series as you really can’t get much better than a penguin looking for friendship.
Up and Down
follows the ongoing friendship of the boy and penguin, who still relish their unique relationship. All seems well until the penguin starts to dream of being able to fly. Of course, penguins can’t fly but he’s not having any of it and sets of to find his flight of path and once again the boy and the penguin are separated. Will they be reunited and will the boy ultimately be the one to help the penguin realise his dreams.
I can’t wait to read this book. The penguin is a symbol of hope and dreams and not giving up. The boy is a symbol of support and unwavering friendship. Put this with the sparse, haunting illustrations and there is a true depiction of love and friendship. It’s all a bit difficult to describe the feelings evoked from the illustrations and I think that’s the best thing about Jeffers’ talent.