While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!
When Chilly's latest invention, the Good Bird crashes into the penguins' home iceberg, it separates a chunk of ice and sends the penguins drifting out to sea. Can Chilly invent a machine to get them home before a hungry orca nibbles the ice away?
The book includes an author’s note about the Leonardo da Vinci and the inventor's early failures.
Action-packed panels, diagrams of Chilly's inventions (and daydreams), and nods to Leonardo da Vinci make this a goodhearted embrace of trial and error and a celebration of failure as a learning experience. Rutland's energetic illustrations, peppered with side comments from background characters, add plenty of personality.
– Maggie Reagan, Booklist
A young Renaissance penguin triumphs after much trial and considerable error.
– Kirkus Reviews
A lively addition to makerspace collections that’s sure to inspire and nurture a spirit of invention.