Gregory the gull and Hudson the penguin have been best friends since they hatched. They do everything together, that is, until Gregory spots some gulls flying and decides to have a go himself. Gregory is a natural and encourages Hudson to give it a go but after a few flops Hudson feels like a failure. Flying might not be his forte but he’s an incredible diver and a true friend so when Gregory gets into some trouble underwater it’s Hudson to the rescue!
Richard Byrne is an exciting new talent in picture books and this simple story of friendship is a lovely new addition to his growing list. The illustrations feel fresh and the bright palette make the icy scenery eye-catching and appealing to toddlers. A lightness of touch ensures the text isn’t weighed down with lessons in loyalty but this short story could easily become a useful example when talking about the importance of friendship. A cool delight that will please penguin fans who aren’t yet ready for the subtle qualities of Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found.