Paul the Peacock

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Pub Date 6 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 20 Jun 2024

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In this belly-laughing picture book, follow a very proud peacock named Paul as he tumbles down to earth from his treetop penthouse and learns to appreciate his helpful and caring friends.

Paul has everything. He has the biggest nest, the most loyal friend, and of course, the most beautiful feathers in the forest. But as you can guess, he’s not the humblest of birds

In fact… Paul is a selfish, rude, and arrogant peacock, who isn’t very nice to his friend Norris the Loris and the other animals in the forest. He’s pampered by everyone around him and never has to shake a feather.

Then, one evening, "after another long, tiring day of being perfect", there is a huge storm. Paul loses everything—including his precious feathers. He has to go on an adventure through the forest to try and retrieve his most prized possession. But as he sets off to find his feathers, he ultimately discovers something even more important

This hilarious story with comic deadpan moments and vivid, expressive illustrations conveys an important message about kindness, friendship, and humility.

This is a fantastically funny fable that gently shows young readers how to be less materialistic, and more modest and mindful of other people’s feelings.
In this belly-laughing picture book, follow a very proud peacock named Paul as he tumbles down to earth from his treetop penthouse and learns to appreciate his helpful and caring friends.

Paul has...

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What a delightful read! Kindness matters, and this book is sprinkled with lessons of empathy and relationships. Paul the Peacock is on an adventure, which leads to self discovery and self reflection. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful, and done really well. Definitely recommend!

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This book is awesome! It is funny, has great pictures, and a great message. Norris was beloved by my kids and a peacock losing his feathers is a great concept. Reminds me of Buffalo Fluffalo and Rainbow Fish, two other books we love. This is one I would definitely buy to add to our home library!

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This is such a fun, colorful book to read! First of all, everyone needs a friend like Norris; what a kind and forgiving soul. Paul the Peacock is easily relatable for parents and kids alike. What a brilliant reminder to pause, take a moment, and tell those around you that you appreciate them. This is a great book for older toddlers (and for adults too)

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A charming and humorous tale about what it means to be a good friend.

Paul is a peacock perfectly happy with his life of comfort and ease, with daily pampering by his friend Norris the loris. Norris grows weary of being a friend whose care and attention is neither appreciated nor reciprocated, and packs his bags and leaves. On the same evening, a big storm destroys Paul’s nest and blows away all of his beautiful feathers. Many unsuccessful attempts to retrieve the feathers land Paul literally at rock bottom, resulting in a moment of self-reflection that he has not be a good friend or jungle-mate. After receiving a heartfelt letter of apology, Norris returns to help his friend, and Paul vows to be kinder and more generous.
The story’s message is clear, prompting many opportunities for conversations about friendship, empathy, and generosity. The humor sprinkled throughout will keep young readers engaged, and so will the bright and charming illustrations. I would absolutely recommend this book and would enjoy any future adventures of Paul and Norris.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this e-book in exchange for my honest thoughts!

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The book has many comical moments and expressive illustrations that bring the characters and the forest to life. It’s a funny and engaging fable that conveys a profound message about being less materialistic and more mindful of others’ feelings. With its vibrant storytelling and colorful pages, “Paul the Peacock” is a fantastic read that encourages young readers to reflect on their actions and to value the relationships they have.

It’s a story that will not only entertain but also teach children the beauty of empathy and the strength found in genuine friendships.. A recommended addition to any child’s bookshelf for its humor and heartwarming narrative.

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This was a cute book with an important lesson. The lesson is good for kids as they grow and develop but also a good reminder for adults. I loved the illustrations. They ware so well done and detailed. I am adding this to the list to purchase for my niece when she gets a little older.

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My son and I loved this book. It touches on friendship, pride, and how you treat others. We loved the illustrations and even got a laugh or two throughout the story, which is always a plus.

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The peacock is one of the most beautiful animals in the jungle, and Paul knows it. His friend Norris seems to know it too, and Paul has come to expect everyone to worship and assist him. But then a storm comes, stealing Paul's feathers, and Norris is nowhere to be found. Paul goes on a mission to find his missing feathers and discovers the truth about kindness instead.

I'm truly charmed by this book's clever illustrations. The pictures are simple but humorous and full of brilliant color. The story, of course, makes a good point about valuing friends more than personal appearance, but it offers this moral with a healthy dose of silliness and warmth. It's a pleasure to read, and I'll definitely be recommending it to my emerging readers.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

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Paul is a beautiful and showy peacock who thinks he’s better than the other creatures. Living a life of vanity from his high horse, he forgets how to treat his friends until tragedy strikes, and Paul finds himself in need.

This is a lovely story about valuing the right things in life such as your friends and not the glitz and glam. You see Paul work through this realization and make right on his wrong doings.

This book is beautifully illustrated capturing the vibrant jewel tones of the peacock feature with a whimsy feel.

We always love it when there’s a message in a children’s book. I likened it to the message in the popular little blue truck. We enjoyed this one as a family!

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I SNORTED within the first few pages because the images are so well done and hilarious! This book teaches an important lesson without hitting children over the head with a lesson that they do not care about. I am excited to add this to my library and share it with my counselor for her own lessons.

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Poor Paul. He’s lost his feathers and he’s too arrogant to get them back from the water buffalo or crocodile. He’s so lost without his feathers, he decides to become an earthworm. This book made me laugh. The story and illustrations went together perfectly. I loved the earthworks playing the world’s smallest violins while Paul cried. Eventually Norris comes back and Paul *mostly* learns the error of his ways. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely share it with the library kids.

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This would be a wonderful book for teaching modesty, kindness, and helpfulness to children. Thank you to NetGalley, Tilly Matthews, and Frances Lincoln's Children's Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for a honest review (Unpaid).

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Paul the peacock was a story with a great life lesson taught through great storytelling and beautiful pictures. I laughed at the little details and greatly enjoyed reading this and can see this becoming a favourite of the grandkids. I love when I enjoy reading the book as much as they enjoy listening to it! The worms playing tiny violins while Paul cried was hilarious! Thank you for the opportunity to read this story with my family.

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This cute, little book has very few words in it, but the art tells the story better than any words could. Love the art in this little picture book, it’s bold, it’s bright, it’s somewhat weird, it’s whimsical and it’s so so beautiful.

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Paul is certainly exquisite and blessed, but he feels quite entitled as he puts upon his friends, especially the loyal Norris the loris. When Norris becomes fed up with being taken advantage of, what will become of Paul the Peacock’s perfect existence? Tilly Matthews’ excellent story and fun illustrations will keep children and grownups alike turning pages to find out.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley. Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Happy Yakin exchange for an honest review.

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