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A million is a very big number. But exactly how big? Pipkin the penguin wants to know just that. The wonderful tale of a small penguin with a big heart on a journey to discover just how big a million really is. A special 1 x 1.5m fold-out poster at the end of the book shows Pipkin looking at the sky, printed with exactly one million stars. Charmingly illustrated with gentle humour and memorable characters.

Book information

18 months+
Padded hardback with poster
ISBN: 9780746077696
Extent: 24 pages
Dimensions: 250 x 250mm
Anna Milbourne
Serena Riglietti

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“Love it!”
I absolutely love this book!!! I am a teacher and fell in love with this book immediately! Lots of aspects about love, family, science(penguins huddling together to keep warm, beauty of snowflakes, penguin's diet), geography (South Pole), and of course the visual representation and comparisons of how big one million is. Today, once I finished the book we all looked at how many schools of our size it would take to make a million students (answer: 1703 - four years worth of assemblies for every single day!!) Also, the artwork is just gorgeous!
“How big is a million”
This is a really beautiful book, it really gives children and adults the concept of visual amounts.
“The Best Usborne Book EVER!”
This is, hands down, the best Usborne Book ever published, and I own a lot of them! We are invited in and gently lead by the hand as Pipkin first goes to find a million and then finds "his" million. The first time I read this book, I cried. Literally. When my 3-year-old saw the poster he said, "Holy Macaroni!" and when my 8 and 11-year olds saw it, they couldn't believe that was a million! Adults and children well as those who set budgets...should all be shown what a million is!

Press reviews

“This brand new picture book helps children understand the concept of big numbers and quantify exactly how big a million is, through the journey of inquisitive Pipkin the penguin.”
“Ideal for children curious about really big numbers, this book follows a little penguin's quest to explore tens, hundreds, thousands and the ultimate million. Featuring 100 penguins, which you can try and count together.”
“It's hard to imagine really big numbers, so here they're illustrated: 10 fish, 100 penguins, 1000 snowflakes and an amazing one million stars, printed on a special 1 x 1.5m fold-out poster at the end of the book. A lovely story that makes it much easier to visualise large numbers.”
“Perfect for children who ask lots of questions, especially 'how big, how many' questions! Pipkin is a small penguin that follows a trail of adventures trying to work out 'how big is a million'. A simple concept, with sweet illustrations, and a fantastic ending, which I won't give away!”