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The Plight of the Penguin
The Plight of the Penguin

NZ Post New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award

NZ Post New Zealand Children's Best Nonfiction Book Award

The New Zealand Children's Book of the Year for 2002, this is a book as notable for its colourful language as for its many colourful photographs. Aimed at teenagers and above, the book has been praised for the way Lloyd Spencer Davis makes science engaging and fun – sexy, even.

Each chapter begins with relevant lines from well known rock songs. There are cartoons. There are coloured boxes containing eclectic stories. This is not another boring science book.

This book is excellent, everything it should be: a scampering read, fast and funny; excellent natural history, observed first hand; and all underpinned by the deep ideas of modern biology

Colin Tudge

This book inspires learning, celebrates knowledge and celebrates the author’s wide-ranging, rich knowledge and love of his subject…it reads so well…you can open it at any page and hear the author’s wit and whimsy

Lloyd Spencer Davis – he’s not only a world authority on penguins, he’s also a dab hand with the pen. He’s funny and entertaining, scientific and informative all at once

Daily News

The Plight of the Penguin puts science first but expresses the natural history of penguins with wit

NZ Herald

The Plight of the Penguin is completely sold out - However a new digital version is available here from the iBookstore

Penguin: a season in the life of the Adélie Penguin
Penguin: a season in the life of the Adélie Penguin

PEN (NZ) Best First Book Award for Nonfiction

This tells a story of Antarctica as seen through the eyes of an Adelie Penguin.

As a book intended for an adult readership, it is unusual because of Lloyd Spencer Davis’ use of an animal narrator to tell the story from its point of view. While such a perspective is a device often used in children's books, it is seldom used in books for a mature audience – in part, at least, because of the difficulty of making such a device convincing. And, while such an approach has sometimes been executed well in novels like Watership Down, it is even rarer for it to be attempted and pulled off successfully with a nonfiction book.

Published by Pavilion in the UK and Harcourt Brace in the USA, the book is also distinguished by the accompanying photographs: all taken by the author.

…not only striking but even audacious…Davis has risked sentimental failure and even derision…by letting a penguin tell the story himself…Davis imbues his dramatic device with total conviction so that his reader accepts the conceit as audiences accept the impossibilities of well-performed opera or ballet.

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The spirit and soul of Penguin is entwined with the factual information in this first-person account so that it is rather like reading a novel or an autobiography

American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”

The lyrical text tells an emotional tale without sacrificing accuracy. While there is an abundance of information included, the strength of this book lies in [Davis’] ability to make the whole greater than the sum of all the facts

School Library Journal

Even those allergic to animal narrators will be won over: far from cutesy-pie sentimentality…this is as informative as it is handsome

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Note: Penguin: a season in the life of the Adélie Penguin is completely sold out - look out for a new digital version coming soon


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