The Engleburt Stories: North to the Tropics

Samuel Macintosh-Schechner, Author, Richard Schechner, Author, James L. Machor, Editor PAJ Publications $11.95 (110p) ISBN 978-1-55554-024-1
Theater director Schechner and his fourth-grade son collaborated on this novel about the adventures of an anthropomorphic penguin who leaves Antarctica to establish a penguin colony in the Bahamas. Engleburt encounters both friends and obstacles along the way: an amiable blue whale; humans who take him in at a Club Med resort; the eruption of Martinique's Mt. Pelee; and a group of carrier pigeons who lead other penguins to him and help him realize his dream. While the imagination and initiative of a nine-year-old author are to be commended, this work unfortunately betrays his inexperience. The text is clumsy and amateurish and the black-and-white illustrations crudely drawn; it seems unlikely to hold the attention of the middle readers for whom it is intended. Ages 6-11. (October)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
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