Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Freebie: The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: Black Valley and The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams.

As a long-time fan of the publisher Penguin Books, I'm pleased to say this week’s book giveaway is a copy of the new hardcover picture book The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi, which tells the (imagined) story of how the publishing colophon came into being (for more about a menagerie of publishing colophons, go here). Keep reading for more information about The Journey of the Penguin...

To celebrate 80 years of Penguin Books, a charming picture book 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.

If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of The Journey of the Penguin, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Dec. 24, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Dec. 25 (Merry Christmas!). If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning?  Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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