Book Review: Waddle – A Book of Fun for Penguin Lovers

Today I’m letting you lucky readers know about a lovely collectible book. It’s called WADDLE which is one of the adorable collective nouns for a penguin. This is what they’re called on land (also a colony or a huddle) – on sea they’re known as a raft. All perfect descriptions as they definitely waddle and huddle and look exactly like a raft floating on the sea.

Released in time for Christmas, WADDLE celebrates penguins, with gorgeous photographs and quotes from celebrities, authors, and historical figures (like Benedict Cumberbatch, Thomas Pynchon and Charles Darwin).

There’s plenty of penguin inspiration to make you smile. After all,  “It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry”.

Feeling the penguin love

I adore penguins and have been so lucky to spend time with tens of thousands of them (yes, really) on my recent cruise to South Georgia and Antarctica. They are incredibly endearing, friendly creatures who aren’t scared of humans so you can immerse yourself in their family and observe. I could have stayed forever in that incredible peace and beauty watching the interaction.

Waddle: king penguins
The King penguin colony in South Georgia

It felt like they were welcoming us into their families. As Bernard Storehouse says: “I have often had the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin – different, less predictable, occasionally violent but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business.”

Waddle: king penguins
The King penguins coming in after a dip in the sea
Waddle: gents
The gentoos travel the penguin highways in Antarctica

One thing’s for sure, “You can never have too many penguins.” Robyn Mundy.

How I miss those penguins. At least now I can be transported back to penguin heaven by paging through WADDLE. Penguin happiness in my own home. Hooray!

WADDLE: A Book of Fun for Penguin Lovers (Exisle Publishing, distributed by QDS/Quarto, October, 2019) £12.99.

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