The Journey of the Penguin (Hardcover)
To those who know me, it’s no secret that I love Penguin. Not penguins, per se, but the venerable UK/US imprint under whose banner I worked for the last decade-and-half. Forgive me, then, for gushing over this superb small gem.
With gracious nods to two worthy and honorable Penguins, Paul Buckley and Patrick Nolan (Art director and editor-in-chief, respectively) the author introduces us to a somewhat meta-fictional work without words. A book about the inspiration for a literary imprint and a short whimsical account of its history will find more admirers among booksellers, publishers reps and other trade denizens than perhaps otherwise. But beyond that, it is a delightful picture book that any child (or adult) can easily enjoy.
Elegant, clean illustrations that follow the quest of a lonely Antarctic bird to London and New York chronicling its ascendance from mere ocean-dwelling-flightless-avian to president of a multinational publisher with an envious reputation present a charming, meaningful and pleasant diversion from the e-driven frenzy we sadly live in. Book lovers, you MUST have this one. Others, buy it anyway and share it with your book-loving friends and any children within reach.
— Eric Boss, a Tattered Cover fixture for decades and an insatiable reader
To celebrate 80 years of Penguin Books, a charming picture book that tells the imagined story of the penguin who waddled his way into history as the symbol of a beloved publisher
A lonely Antarctic penguin, dreaming of adventure, sets off on a long swim north. Arriving at last in London in 1935, he encounters the chance of a lifetime: auditions are on to find the face of a brand new publishing house. The penguin wins, of course, and so begins an adventure that takes him on to New York and into the hearts of readers around the world.
In The Journey of the Penguin, award-winning graphic artist Emiliano Ponzi delivers a boldly illustrated, wildly imaginative, and terrifically fun story told entirely through image that brings to life the dignified yet flippant bird chosen eighty years ago by Allen Lane as the name and icon of his revolutionary publishing business. With cameo appearances by legendary Penguin authors including Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, and Dorothy Parker, this exquisite, one-of-a-kind book celebrates the enduring appeal of storytelling.
About the Author
Emiliano Ponzi is an award-winning illustrator, internationally renowned for his bold, textured designs. His work appears in advertisements, newspapers, magazines, books, and animations, and has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Economist, Newsweek, andEsquire. Ponzi s honors include the Young Guns Award and the Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club of New York and medals of honor from the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles."