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The Greatest Showpenguin

Lucy Freegard

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654681

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 4 February 2021

ISBN: 9781843655084

ASIN: 9781843655084

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Publication date: 4 February 2021

Category: Picture Books

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What could be better than The Greatest Showman? The Greatest Showpenguin of course! Hot on the heels of the record-breaking movie, and with a sequel coming shortly, we present a funny and sensitive parody.

Poppy the Penguin comes from a long line of circus performers. Many skills have been passed down from penguin to penguin. However, Poppy feels that performing in the family circus might not be for her. But the hardest thing is not juggling, or riding a unicycle – it’s telling her mum that she doesn’t want to perform any more. The bravery is worth it when Poppy discovers a role more suited to her – organising and coordinating the whole show. And what a show it turns out to be!

A tale of overcoming shyness and lack of confidence, finding success and a celebration of girl power!


Lucy has an MA in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design and did her art foundation at Falmouth University.  Since graduating in 2015 Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greetings cards.

Lucy uses pen and watercolours, and loves sketching from life and eavesdropping at the zoo. She is based in Bristol.



'A sweet and beautifully illustrated tale that might inspire readers to think about what they would really love to do as a job!'


'This may seem like an unassuming book but honestly this is such a lovely story about being true to yourself and following your heart. It’s taken me by surprise and that little penguin has entered our hearts'


  • The Greatest Showpenguin colouring sheet 2

    Can you help Poppy the Penguin get ready for the greatest show ever? A little bit of colour should do the trick…

  • The Greatest Showpenguin colouring sheet 1

    Colour in these penguins to help them get ready for tonight’s circus performance!