Review: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole


Book Information:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780689878459
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Based on a true story, Roy and Silo are two penguins who are a couple, but when they notice all the other penguins having babies, they want one as well. Then, their caretaker, Mr. Gramzay, gives them a left over egg to take care of. And when Tango is hatched, they created a new kind of penguin family.

This is one of the top ten challenged books in 2006, 2007, and 2008. It was also number two for 2009. Anyways, I can’t see how it is one of the top challenged children’s books. It only retells a true story about penguins in New York. Yeah, sure, it is about two male penguins, but it goes in about how there are different types of families. I guess most people are just too touchy about subjects like two males being together, even if it is penguins.

I thought the story/plot was cute, even if it is based on a true story. You might have to explain some weird things, if your kid asks about it. But it might be a good way to start explaining different kinds of families and not to start hate over different people. Anyways, I really didn’t like the illustrations that much, but they did remind me of how picture books used to be – colored with colored pencils. :X

The only lesson I can think that’s in there is to not judge different kinds of families, which makes it sort of enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations, even if they are basic looking. And if they do ask questions, explain it without hate or judging. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit


Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Justin Richardson
$New_Bullet Peter Parnell
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Books for Kids Blog
$New_Bullet The Quick Wit Litniks

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble