Mélanie Watt
Mélanie Watt

Moving all the way from the South Pole to the North Pole isn't easy for the young penguin Augustine. Uprooted from her home, she misses her friends, her grandma and grandpa and her old bedroom. There are all kinds of unfamiliar faces at the North Pole, and everything looks strange and different. When it's time to go to her new school, Augustine gets cold feet. But with the help of a few colored pencils and some inspiration from Picasso, this shy, artistic young penguin discovers a way to break the ice with her classmates and feel at home on the other end of the world.

Augustine's penguinized versions of van Gogh, Munch, Picasso and others are a delightful way to introduce children to art. A clever, charming story told from a penguin's eye view, Augustine illustrates that art is all around us --- and it is a language everyone understands.

978-1-55453-268-1 | Aug 1, 2008
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $10.99
4-color 9 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Educational Resources

Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“Beautifully designed, Augustine, is an absolutely wonderful picture book ... this classic story of a family's move becomes original and witty ... Best of all, this picture book's depth will foster many conversations and inspire that most meaningful, dynamic relationship between book, adult and child.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2006
“While the Technicolor-bright drawings and the lessons of the importance of self-expression will tickle the kiddies, adults can dig the many cold-related puns littered throughout the book and Augustine's take on the classics ... Before parents know it, their kids will be hankering for the real thing.”
— Quill and Quire, October 2006
“Watt's pencil crayon and acrylic illustrations will likely win over young audiences, while her clever art references may well engage older readers.”
— Publishers Weekly, September 2006
2007 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Short-listed
2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Short-listed
2007 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

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