“A valuable lesson in the importance of courage, whether you’re small or all grown-up. It’s absolutely timeless (and adorable, as well). Everyone needs a reminder to be brave and bold, which is what this book dishes up in (not so) sweet ways. If ever there was a time to be reminded of this, it’s now. Get Sweet Penny for your little one, for yourself, and another for your future self.” ―Erin La Rosa, Deputy Editorial Director of Buzzfeed on Sweet Penny and the Lion
There once was a girl called Sweet Penny who did exactly as she was told.
Her sister and brother disappointed her mother, but she never broke the mold.
Penny was so nice and quiet that teachers forgot she was there. Being so good, doing just what you should, that just won’t get you anywhere.
Sweet Penny is so good, she would never do anything to disappoint her parents or disrupt class or upset her friends. In fact, she’s so sweet, that even when bullies steal her lunch, she just quietly smiles and lets them. And then, one day on the playground Penny’s class is playing a game when a lion hops over the fence. Penny’s classmates scream and scatter, but Penny was told to stay right where she was. And so she does.
And the lion eats her.
But something changes when she’s in his very dark belly. She punches and kicks her way out, and when she emerges, not-so-sweet Penny will never be taken advantage of again. Told in verse, Richard Fairgray and Alex Burke’s wickedly funny picture book is a celebration of strong girls and a call to, “Be bold, be loud, shout out, and speak up,” because “sometimes it’s hard to be brave.”
About the Author: Richard Fairgray is a writer, artist and colorist, best known for his work in comic books such as Blastosaurus and Ghost Ghost, and picture books such as Gorillas in Our Midst, My Grandpa is a Dinosaur, and If I Had an Elephant. As a child he firmly believed he would grow up and eat all the candy he wanted and stay up as late as he liked. By drawing pictures when he wasn’t meant to and reading all the things people told him not to, he has made this come true. All Richard needs to be happy is a good table to draw on and a nice scanner and lamp. He now owns multiple tables, scanners and lamps in New Zealand, USA, and Canada so he can sit down and start working wherever he wakes up.
About the Illustrator: Alexander Burke is an award-winning composer and musician residing in Los Angeles. Alex has composed music for films and soundtracks such as Iron Man 3, The Gift, A Little Something For Your Birthday, as well as TV shows like Mortified Nation, Funny Or Die, and too many others to list here. He is a guest artist for numerous albums and live specials for Artists including Michael Buble, David Lynch, Fiona Apple, Edward James Olmos, Dave Grohl, and Margaret Cho. Alex’s band Magnolia Memoir have currently released 4 albums. Please update this bio yourself with a black ballpoint pen as this number grows.
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