A moving fable about friendship and belonging from award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. Far away, near the South Pole, a blue penguin is born. It is not something you see every day. “I feel like a penguin,” says Blue Penguin. “But you’re not like us,” the others tell him. Blue Penguin can’t jump or dive very well, so the others wander off and leave him behind. In his loneliness, Blue Penguin begins to dream, and he starts to sing. Will he ever convince the other penguins that he is one of them? Beautifully illustrated in icy blue hues, Blue Penguin is an affecting ode to self-expression and connection by a picture book creator whom the Washington Post has called “the thinking tot’s Eric Carle.”
Petr Horácek was born on 30th June 1967 in Czechoslovakia. He grew up on the outskirts of Prague.
From the age of 15-19 Petr studied at the High School of Art in Prague. The school specialised mainly in design.
From age 19 Peter worked in a state design studio for two years.
He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague from 1988.
Petr graduated as a Master of Fine Art in 1994.
As a student Petr met his English wife Claire and in1995 they moved to England.
Petr started to write and illustrate books soon after his first child was born. The first books ‘Strawberries are Red’ and ‘What is Black and White?’ were published in 2001 and he received the Books For Children Newcomer Award in the same year.
Since then Petr has written and illustrated many books for children. In the UK he is mainly published by Walker Books and his books are translated into many languages. Petr has won awards for his books in Britain, USA and Holland. He lives in Worcester, England.