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The Greatest Showpenguin

Lucy Freegard

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654681

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 4 February 2021

ISBN: 9781843655084

ASIN: 9781843655084

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Publication date: 4 February 2021

Category: Picture Books

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What could be better than The Greatest Showman? The Greatest Showpenguin of course! Hot on the heels of the record-breaking movie, and with a sequel coming shortly, we present a funny and sensitive parody.

Poppy the Penguin comes from a long line of circus performers. Many skills have been passed down from penguin to penguin. However, Poppy feels that performing in the family circus might not be for her. But the hardest thing is not juggling, or riding a unicycle – it’s telling her mum that she doesn’t want to perform any more. The bravery is worth it when Poppy discovers a role more suited to her – organising and coordinating the whole show. And what a show it turns out to be!

A tale of overcoming shyness and lack of confidence, finding success and a celebration of girl power!


Lucy has an MA in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design and did her art foundation at Falmouth University.  Since graduating in 2015 Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greetings cards.

Lucy uses pen and watercolours, and loves sketching from life and eavesdropping at the zoo. She is based in Bristol.



'A sweet and beautifully illustrated tale that might inspire readers to think about what they would really love to do as a job!'

Storytime magazine

'This may seem like an unassuming book but honestly this is such a lovely story about being true to yourself and following your heart. It’s taken me by surprise and that little penguin has entered our hearts'

Book Bairn

'The watercolour illustrations have a freeze-frame quality about them as well as an abundance of pattern in the details making you want to pause and take time to enjoy each one'

Red Reading Hub

'Some big life lessons in one little book!'

The Bottom Shelf

'We love it! ... This is such an important book that gives the message of doing something that makes you happy'

Rosie's Library

'This is not only the most joyous story about self-discovery and embracing who you are, it also contains some of the cutest picture book penguins'

Book Murmuration

'This such a sweet depiction of the importance of being true to one’s self ... Lucy Freegard’s Penguins are just adorable, and HURRAH for a glasses-wearing protagonist'

Little Literary Society

'This affirmative, heartwarming story gives readers plenty to think and talk about ... Whilst the messages of this book offer a great deal, it is perhaps the illustrations that are the biggest draw. They are bold, vibrant, funny and well worth lingering over'

Armadillo Magazine

'Here is all the awe and wonder of the circus showground'

Books for Keeps magazine

'This is a wonderfully heartwarming story ... It’s a story which I wish I could have read as a child'

Ivy's Library

'We loved this super fun read, it's one of my favourites I've read in a good while!'

Literate Littles

'A warm-hearted story, with gorgeous watercolour illustrations, The Greatest Show Penguin will light up bedtime for little ones – and remind them being brave is not as scary as you think!'

The Book Activist

'Heartwarming… This clever narrative will push children to think about how to take more control over their lives, deal with things that worry them, and feel more secure in their surroundings'

School Reading List

'This is a delightful story ... the illustrations are simply charming ... a sweet, beautifully illustrated story about being true to yourself'

North Somerset Teachers Book Award

'This sweet and funny story …. parodies The Greatest Showman, while also introducing themes of overcoming lack of confidence and managing the adult world’s expectations of who we are born to be'

Absolutely Education


  • The Greatest Showpenguin colouring sheet 2

    Can you help Poppy the Penguin get ready for the greatest show ever? A little bit of colour should do the trick…

  • The Greatest Showpenguin colouring sheet 1

    Colour in these penguins to help them get ready for tonight’s circus performance!