Bessey’s book, Awk the Awkward Penguin addresses the topical issues of bullying and discrimination. A young penguin’s journey teaches that being different is a good thing and in fact, it can be wonderful.
Written and illustrated by author Vance Bessey, Awk the Awkward Penguin is the story of a young penguin born different than all the rest—his flippers are far too long. This unique feature makes the little penguin feel different. He often trips and falls and his impairment impedes his swimming. It’s not long before other penguins notice his disability and begin to mock him. The local bully nicknames him Awk, the Awkward Penguin. Before long, the awkward little penguin feels like a misfit.
Awk has many adventures and meets new interesting friends along the way. Slowly, through determination, perseverance and a little help from his friends, Awk begins to realize that his differences are as much a gift as a curse—that different isn’t a bad thing, it can be good. Sometimes it can even be wonderful. Awk realizes his potential and finds his place in the world.
The children’s book is illustrated in a hand-painted classic animation cell style with soft cool pastel backgrounds, giving it a vintage look. The author/illustrator captured the feel of the early animated films from his childhood.
In addition, Bessey, an award winning graphic designer, teaches courses in script writing, narrative art and storytelling. For more information about the author and his works go to Vance Bessey's website.
Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, publishing Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling-designed and -built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick.