I Am Not A Penguin

A Pangolin's Lament

Poor pangolin—he's trying to explain who he is, but all the other animals keep getting confused.

You have scales—like a snake? A long tongue—like a frog? A strong scentˆlike a skunk? You can roll in a ball—like an armadillo? And a name that sounds a lot like... penguin? We love penguins!

"No, no, no! I am not a penguin! There are no penguins here!"

But then, just when it couldn't get worse, a penguin arrives!!

What's a poor pangolin got to do to be understood?!

“The straightforward facts and cheeky dialogue are engaging, well-paced, and presented clearly in either poster-shaped rectangles or speech balloons.” —The Horn Book