One day Marty Love looked out at the water in front of his home on Puget Sound and saw a penguin floating by on a log. Many years later it hit him, "Hey, what was that penguin doing there?" Penguins don't belong in Puget Sound. Thus began the long quest to find the history of that traveling penguin. Much research and writing resulted in what has become the Fly Like a Penguin book series for middle grade readers and other people who like adventure and laughs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Bremerton, Washington, along the shores of Puget Sound. I can't imagine a better place for a kid to live, especially with two brothers. I wish everyone could experience the fun we had on the beach, out in the water, and in the woods around us with our friends. Kids should have fun, as long as it's safe and not harmful or disrespectful to anyone else. This is one of the key elements in developing a creative mind.
Why did you write your Fly Like Penguin series?
One day, when I was a teenager, looking out at the water, I saw a penguin floating by our house on a log. In all my time there, that was the most unusual sighting. We would occasionally see whales, sometimes seals, always seagulls and other birds, but penguins don't live anywhere near Puget Sound. Years later, when I had moved to the Midwest and began having my own family, I remembered that penguin and wondered how it got there. After much research about penguins and other creatures that might have anything to do with them, I wrote the first book that answers the question of why a penguin was in Puget Sound and where it was going.
Goldie the semi-mutt dog appears briefly in the first book of the Fly Like a Penguin series, when Hopper the penguin stays briefly with her family. The events of this short story are of another time, but the same place, and reveal a bit more of the character of the good dog.
The Last Wave, the long awaited Volume 3 of the Fly Like a Penguin series, answers the questions remaining at the end of Volume 2. This book will leave the good readers with only this question: Will there be any more stories about Hopper and his penguin family?
Since the events of Volume 1, Hopper and Eudy have a family.
The penguins of the Falkland Islands have enjoyed a long season of peace and safety, but a prophecy warns of potential danger coming. When they learn that their son, Jack, has left to find adventure in the Pacific, they fear he is falling into a trap set by the evil Great White Seal.
Can they rescue him before it's too late?
Before March of the Penguins, Happy Feet, or Madagascar (the movie, not the island), there was a young Rockhopper penguin trying to find his home in the Falkland Islands. His story, recently revised and made available as an e-book, is a humorous, somewhat educational adventure for preteens and their families.
on April 01, 2012
This a well-written book with a plot that holds together very nicely. The character development is excellent, and it has many good insights into the human condition. I enjoyed reading it, too.