Lost and Found (Read aloud by Paul McGann)
This is a read-along edition with audio synced to the text, performed by Paul McGann.
A magical story from award-winning international bestselling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers
There once was a boy… and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.
But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all…
‘An uplifting story…pictures of such spare beauty…suffused with a dreamlike quality.’ Independent Online
‘Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship…illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression…and body language.’ Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
‘One of the most perfect stories in recent years featuring… one of the best conclusions in all of children's fiction. I can't wait until my nephew is old enough to read this with me, but until then, I'm more than happy to read it to myself. A minor masterpiece and one which will remain with you forever.’ Bury Free Press
‘Jeffers has a unique writing and illustrative style. It’s a wonderful picture book.’ Publishing News
‘My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.’ Irish Independent
About the author
Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.
This beguiling tale featuring the round-headed lad from Jeffers's debut book, How to Catch a Star, begins, "Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door." Enticing, spare text and watercolor pictures follow the earnest, red-and-white-striped shirt clad child's quest to help the sad-looking penguin find its way home. He checks with the Lost and Found Office ("But no one was missing a penguin") and futilely asks some birds and the rubber duck that shares his bath for guidance before reading (in a book drolly entitled Where Penguins Come From) that his new friend hails from the South Pole. After making sure their rowboat is ship-shape, the two set out to sea, the child rowing south while telling stories to the rapt penguin, sitting in the bow, endearingly holding a striped umbrella over its head when the weather turns stormy. The prose reflects the hero's sudden sadness after he sees the bird home (there "was no point telling stories now because there was no one to listen except the wind and the waves"). Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will likely request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained. Ages 4-up.
Love love he story
Lost and Found
I liked this book because the penguin 🐧 is lost and found from someone's doorstep.
Lovely sweet story
Such a sweet heart boiling story( by Will M aged 8)