Friday, January 25, 2019

Margo's Musings: Who's Tacky?

Winter has settled in and a snow/ice mixture has been covering the ground for a week. Our local library has a fun display of winter books, which is perfect with the weather outside. My little sister, Margo, was drawn to a series of books about a penguin named Tacky. She loves penguins, and I knew we'd be reading the books again and again. I have to say we had a blast reading by the fire and all of our laughter warmed us up too.
Tacky is not like other penguins. He doesn’t like to march in a straight line, dive gracefully, or sing in a pretty voice. Instead, Tacky is a bit loud, sings off key, and makes a big splash wherever he goes. The other penguins don’t quite know what to make of his different ways and seem to find him a bit annoying. But when hunters come to get some penguins what will happen to Tacky and friends? Is there any way to stop them?  Will the penguins be brave enough to stand up to the danger? You won’t want to miss this hilarious story!

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is a fun picture book with a good message. Margo loved Tacky’s crazy antics, especially his singing and cannon balls. The illustrations are bright and appealing. I was happy that in the end the penguins learned that being different is better and that we should always be true to who we are- though you’ll have to read the book to find out more. We’ve already read one other Tacky book- Happy Birdday,Tacky (Margo absolutely loves the dance Tacky makes up in this one and has been doing it all over our house) and we have three more to read. Looks like I’ll be getting to know Tacky and pals even better over the next week! 
Has anyone else read Tacky the Penguin? Or have you read another book by Helen Lester? We'd love to hear your thoughts!


Happy reading!
~ F


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  1. Looks like a fun series. Teaching that being different is okay is a win indeed.

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    1. Alex- Yes! All the penguins have descriptive names. :) ~F

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  3. It sounds wonderful, and I loved the thought of you and Margo reading and laughing together by the fire! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- Reading by the fire is the best. :) ~F

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  4. lovely! I love penguins and this sounds wonderful!!

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    1. Gloria- It is a lot of fun. Penguins are so cute. :) ~F

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  5. What an adorable series! Since I love penguins, I'll have to check out Tacky!

    betty

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    1. Betty- I bet the Wee One will enjoy this series with you. :) ~F

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  6. I haven't read it but it looks cute.

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  7. I adore penguins (and differences) and this looks like a great series.

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    1. EC- It is a lot of fun and penguins are adorable. :) ~F

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  8. Looks like a fun story with a good lesson, too. I haven't heard of this series. Thanks for telling us about it. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Beverly- Glad to introduce you to Tacky and friends. :) ~F

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  9. Hi DMS - Tacky looks to be a penguin after my own heart - independent and different ... sounds like a fun series - so I'll enjoy hearing more. Just the right weather for penguins (almost!) ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- I love Tacky's independent spirit. He is a good penguin to have around for sure. :) ~F

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  10. This sounds wonderful! I love the illustrations!!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- Aren't they awesome! :) ~F

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  11. This sounds wonderful, and the illustrations look brilliant.
    A fun series I think :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan- It really is. It's great for any kids in your life. :) ~F

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  12. If I were a penguin I think I'd be just like Tacky. Doesn't (in my case make that can't) march in a straight line, dive gracefully and sings off key (in my case make that tone deaf, sings totally flat). Seriously though, this sounds like such a fun read. One I'm going to have to get for my penguin loving friend who is, oh, just a little bit older a reader.

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    1. Tracy- Tacky is lots of fun. He is a character that stands out and doesn't notice because he's doing his own thing. :) Love it! Hope your friend enjoys Tacky.
      ~F

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  13. This storyline sounds interesting. And fun!

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  14. This sounds like such a fun read, and reminds me that I need to get out my Happy Feet dvd to watch for the 7th time! (lol) Thanks so much and hope your day is amazing and warm! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO- Glad to remind you to watch Happy Feet! :) Tacky is definitely a fun read. ~F

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  15. I've seen this cover before or at least one of them. I recognize the name Tacky and that shirt. I'm glad you enjoyed Tacky the Penguin so much! I'll definitely have to get my hands on the book once I see it at the library. It kind of reminds me of this youtuber I watch sometimes who isn't afraid to show her uniqueness. I love that. It's hard to really show who you are to others because of societal expectations. Also, I didn't know it was a series. Hope you enjoy the next three books as well (:

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    1. Adriana- I think you will like the Tacky the Penguin picture book series. He is a great character and it's a fast read. I always appreciate people/penguins who can be true to themselves and not worry about social expectations. Not always easy to do! :) ~F

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  16. Well, I love Tacky. He's a great anti-hero and I'm sure kids who don't have it all together will be grateful he's around. Heck, I'm grateful for him. I can't march in a straight line even if I want to.

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    1. Lee- I can totally relate to not being able to march in a straight line too. This is a book that will make kids giggle and laugh for sure. :) ~F

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  17. Oh that's so cute. I'll have to tell my mom about these.

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  18. Ohh, lovely review sweetie :D Tacky the penguin looks pretty adorable, haha. Love the photos :)

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