Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior
Length: 380 pgs.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars
Hazel Prior has done it again! She has created the perfect wintry, curl up by the fire, cozy read. I was so excited to visit Veronica McCreedy and the penguins again in this delightful sequel to Away with the Penguins. In Call of the Penguins, Veronica McCreedy is given the opportunity to be a co-host on a nature documentary show about, of course, penguins. We get to follow her on this new adventure. We also follow her grandson Patrick’s story – how things are going for him and Terry as well as his journey in discovering more about his parents. And we learn more about Daisy’s story as well. The author delves further into some of the deeper issues in this second book but it still has the cozy read vibes. And it’s funny at times as well. There were a number of times I was reading in bed and literally laughed out loud.
One of things I love about this book is Veronica’s spirit! She is spunky, spirited, and courageous. To illustrate, here is statement Veronica makes fairly early on in the novel:
“I take a sip of tea and lay the cup back in its saucer with care. ‘Indeed, the idea is peculiar and preposterous in the extreme,’ I reiterate with a degree of severity. ‘I will therefore seriously consider it.’” (p. 33)
I also loved the little nod to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with this statement:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single penguin in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a friendship bracelet.” (p. 160)
You gotta love that! 🙂
Call of the Penguins is insightful, entertaining, and heartwarming. The characters are well crafted and their stories are brimming with resilience and hope.
*Just a side note: I would recommend reading these books in order. So start with Away with the Penguins then read Call of the Penguins.