Age Range: 5 - 11

When a little girl reads about a penguinpig on the Internet, she decides that she must go and find one. Not telling her parents, she sets off to the zoo and carefully follows the instructions from the website. But does she find her adorable penguinpig?

Book Author: Stuart Spendlow

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Make a list of rhyming words used in the story. Use these to make your own rhyming dictionary.
  • The story is written in the first person. Can you rewrite parts (or all) of it in the third person?
  • Look at the use of direct speech in the story. Can you change some of these sentences into reported speech?
  • Write a description of a penguinpig using adjectives, similes and other descriptive phrases.
  • Imagine your own strange creature (using the combination of the names of two animals) and write a description of it.
  • ‘Penguinpig’ is a compound word. Can you think of any other compound words and make a poster to teach other people what they are?
  • Can you retell the story in the form of a play script? Could you perform it to an audience to help them learn about Internet safety?
  • Some of the illustrations use the words ‘caution’ and ‘warning’. What do these words mean? Where else might you see these words?
  • Write a letter to the little girl to explain what she should have done when she discovered the penguinpig.
  • Make a persuasive poster to encourage other people to read this book.
  • If you could ask the author / illustrator any questions, what would you like to find out?


  • Make a list of all of any ‘computing’ vocabulary that you can find in the book (e.g. browsing, click). Can you use them to start your own glossary of technology words?
  • Make a poster to teach other children about the Internet safety messages that are shared in the book.
  • Make a guide for parents to help them keep their children safe online.
  • Make a list of the good things about the Internet and a list of the potential dangers.
  • Make up a new story with an Internet Safety theme.
  • How can you find out if something on the Internet is true or ‘fake'? Discuss some ideas with a partner.
  • What should the little girl have done when she discovered the penguinpig on the Internet?
  • Mum and dad tell the little girl to ‘think before you click’. What does this mean? Make some posters to promote this idea to others.

Design Technology

  • Make a model of a penguinpig.


  • Make up your own strange creature (by combining the names of two animals, e.g. donkeydog, hippomouse) and create some illustrations / paintings of them.


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