The Truth About Penguins

Author(s): Meg McKinlay

Picture Books

The penguins are coming and there is a great excitement at the zoo. But what's a penguin? The animals don't quite know what to expect - but they all have an opinion, each more outlandish than the last. When the truth about penguins is finally revealed, everyone is in for a surprise ...


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Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children's writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, where she has taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. Meg divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm. She is always busy cooking up more books and you can visit her on the web at 'Duck for a Day' has been short-listed for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award - Younger Reader's Category. Meg McKinlay was short-listed for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards for The Truth About Penguins in the Young Children Category and for Duck for a Day in the Lower Primary Category. Mark Jackson is the illustrator and based in Melbourne. He has co-illustrated several books with his wife, Heather Potter, and their work has been featured in several exhibitions. The Truth About Penguins is his third picture book published with Walker Books Australia. Not Like Georgie written by Scott Hatcher was published in 2008 and Stuck! written by Charlotte Calder, published in 2009 was short-listed in the Young Children Category of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2010, and received a Notable mention in the Picture Book Category, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010. For more information and samples of his artwork, please visit his website:

General Fields

  • : 9781921720772
  • : Walker Books Australia
  • : Walker Books Australia
  • : October 2011
  • : 240mm X 270mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Meg McKinlay
  • : Paperback
  • : 1211
  • : Mark Jackson
  • : A823.4
  • : 32
  • : colour illustrations