Readers of all ages will swoon over Horácek’s lush, brightly colored mixed-media illustrations that lend life to the ocean, the different birds encountered, and Peter’s many emotions during his quest. This tale of friendship and perseverance is a must-have for public and school libraries alike.
—School Library Journal
[Horácek’s] beautiful mixed-media illustrations have vibrant, bold colors and simple shapes that will appeal to young listeners and also provide a few basic lessons on ocean life. A sweet tale of friendship and persistence.
The tale of a puffin separated from his friend provides a stage for Horacek’s intense colors and rich textures…There’s a lighthearted lesson there about communication—what’s obvious to one person isn’t obvious to another—and excitement, too.
Rough strokes and washes of color create a powerful sense of the oceans, beaches, jungles, and skies and present multihued and appealing characters, filling in the story told by the very simple prose…Very young audiences will feel the suspense and relief of finding a lost pal and will enjoy this short and colorful diversion.
The short, streamlined text and large, bold illustrations increase this title’s value for group storytimes as well. Multiple layers and shadings of color give Horácek’s mixed media art a textured and dramatic fresco-like flair… The separated friends story, vibrant illustrations, and casual introduction to simple deductive reasoning will make this a hit with the preschool crowd.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Full of bright color, Petr Horacek’s PUFFIN PETER, with a gratifying, age-appropriate revelation, will resonate with the 2- to 5-year-old reading public.
—The Wall Street Journal