The Puffin Problem

Number of pages:
Publication date:
May 2022
For readers:
3 to 7
Juvenile Fiction:
Animals / Birds
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The Puffin Problem

by Lori Doody

"There once was a city by the sea with a peculiar problem. Puffins were popping up everywhere."

The print edition of this books was:

Shortlisted for the 2018 Bruneau Family Award for Children's/Young Adult Writing  

Included in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2018)

A follow-up to Doody's utterly charming Capelin Weather, The Puffin Problem answers the unlikely question: "What would happen if St. John's had an infestation of puffins?"

With quiet wit and whimsy, Doody reveals what happens when Newfoundland and Labrador's official bird heads for the bright city lights.  This puffin problem needs an imaginative solution, and a smart, small person comes up with the just the trick to get those birds back out to sea.

Young readers will have great fun finding all the puffins hiding in Doody's lovely illustrations.  Older readers will enjoy how the illustrations also play with the province's already playful language.  There's something for readers of every age on every page.

The book includes some fun and interesting puffin facts as well.

What folks are saying

"This whimsical, intriguing, and perplexing puzzle provides an entertaining introduction to puffins."
– Kirkus Reviews (Read the full review.) 

"Utterly charming and winsome, this book is a delight, from the beautifully decorated endpapers to each page in between."
– Lisa Doucet, in Atlantic Books Today 

"The puffin problem may be identified as that by the residents of Lori Doody's story but for readers it's a charming tale of what can happen when cuteness overtakes everyday life."
– Helen Kubiw, on CanLit for LittleCanadians (Read the full review.)

"The Puffin Problem is a charming, regionally-flavoured picture book sure to appeal to a wide audience."
– Linda Ludke, on CM Magazine (Read the full review.)