Awk: The Awkward Penguin
This is a story about bullying. Awk struggles with his differences and his outsider status. His friend, Floe, is always there. His family supports him. Eventually, Awk learns on his own to appreciate his differences and even finds that different can be good and sometimes awesome.
About the Book
In Awk the Awkward Penguin, written and illustrated by Vance Bessey, kids will learn about how their differences can really be their strengths. When a young penguin hatches with flippers far too long for his body, making swimming and belly-sliding difficult, he is dubbed Awk by his peers. Feeling like a misfit, Awk sets out to find his place in the world, and along the way, he discovers that his long flippers are as much a gift as a curse--that being different can be a wonderful thing.
About the Author
Vance Bessey is an author, illustrator and cartoonist as well as a patented inventor. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Narrative Art where he learned much of what he knows about storytelling from industry greats. He is the author of the books: Orphans of the Storm, Awk the Awkward Penguin and Only in Maine as well as the comic strips The Edge and Only in Maine. He has worked as an award-winning graphic designer. He teaches courses in the narrative arts.