When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she's swept off on a perilous journey dodging sharks and royal cat-guards, until a cartwheeling chicken leads her to the garden of lost things.
About the Author
Thereza Rowe is a Brazilian-British artist living in London, England. She says: "My favorite tools are color, shape, and imagination. I daydream about magic clocks, flying fish, enchanted foreststhe list goes on. I work alone in the studio, so my cats, Flash and her sister Kitty, have always been my best companions (we talk to each other in five languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and...Meow-purr.) When Flash went to cat's heaven, it was like half of my heart had been ripped out. As I was wallowing in my own misery, suddenly came a wee voice: 'Whatever happens, never lose your heart. Everything is going to be just fine.' That's when I started doodling PenelopeI think of myself as a foxsitting on a cliff, and I wondered what would happen if I really lost my heart..."
This comic, with its limited vocabulary for emergent readers, has a complex, mystical story line, which will also appeal to older children. ... The visual narrative flows through large and small panels, where speech bubbles and sound effects are used sparingly but to great effect. ... Youngsters will return to this tale of old and new friendship and loss, finding in Penelope’s experiences something that speaks to their own hearts. ... An unusual and unique choice for all libraries.–. —School Library Journal
Bold and bright drawings tell the tale of Penelope the Fox, who is on a perilous journey to recover her heart after she accidentally dropped it into the sea. Short sentences and simple panels make this an ideal first comic for new readers. —Parents Magazine (tablet edition)