No one was more shocked than me when I discovered my brother had written a book. There is a long standing joke within my family that Ben has only ever read one book (James and The Giant Peach) so you can imagine my surprise when we handed me a copy of “Parker Wants To Fly”.
Putting family bias to one side, Parker Wants To Fly is a brilliant story. Parker the Penguin feels that he is missing something in his life and sets off to find it. Believing that he should be able to fly, Parker attempts twice with painful consequences. He is laughed at frequently by Doug the albatross. However, when Doug gets into trouble in the ocean, Parker discovers that his ability to swim was what was missing. The two creatures become firm friends.
It is hard to review a product made by your own family member without sounding biased. Here is what another reader has written about the book “A heartwarming tale about an adorable little penguin on a challenging adventure, who ultimately finds friendship and embraces his unique skill. I bought this book for my children, who are aged between 2 and 7, and they all loved it instantly. It is a lively and enjoyable story which is beautifully illustrated. It will be enjoyed time and time again I’m sure. I would highly recommend this book as a lovely bedtime story which teaches children about trying hard to succeed, not giving up easily and that despite being different everyone is special in their own way. Fantastic!!”
Adam finds the rhyming text hypnotic and thoroughly enjoys listening to the story. He believes that every penguin he sees at the zoo or on television is Parker! The story line captures Adam’s attention and the illustrations bring Parker and Doug to life.
The characters Parker and Doug were based on the youngest and fastest people to reach the South Pole! Parker Liautaud and Doug Stoup walked it in 18 days, 4 hours, and 43 minutes! Parker was only 19 years old. Even Doug has shown support for the book:
There are two things that for me make the book extra special. First the story is dedicated to our Dad. Dad died back in 1990 when I was 9 and my brother was 7. He would be extremely proud that Ben has written his first book. Second, Ben is donating half of the proceeds to the Pregnancy Sickness Support charity.
Parker Wants To Fly is available to purchase through the Parker Penguin website. There is also a variety of Parker merchandise available including mugs, a bag, t-shirt and even flip-flops!
That is not all. Adventures of Adam readers are able to get £1 off of the book. Simply go to the Parker Penguin website, purchase a book and type the code AOA when you get to the cart!
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