Suggested Questions Before Reading
- Look at the front cover. What can you see?
- Why do you think it is called up and down?
- Can you think of some things that go up and down?
- Have you read any other books by Oliver Jeffers? If so, what do you remember about them?
Suggested Questions During Reading
- What do you think the penguin wanted to do all by himself?
- How do you think the boy might have felt when the penguin told him?
- Would you like to have a penguin as a friend? Why/why not?
- How do you think it would feel to fly above snowy mountains?
- How do you think the penguin feels when nothing works?
- How do you think the boy feels?
- What does it mean when it says ‘the odds were against him’?
- Where have they gone to ask for help?
- Talk about what a ‘living cannon ball’ is.
- What is happening in the illustration showing the boy’s thoughts?
- How do you think the boy feels when he realises his friend has gone?
- What do you think the penguins are thinking?
- How do you think the penguin feels when he realises he’s lost his friend?
- Where is the boy when he sees the poster?
- Why do you think he went there?
- What might the boy be thinking when he sees a picture of his friend on the poster?
- Why do you think the penguin wasn’t sure about flying anymore?
- Why do you think the author compares the penguin to a bullet?
- How would you feel if you didn’t know how you were going to land?
- Talk about the different ideas for catching the penguin.
- How do you think the penguins feel and why?
- What might the boy say to the penguin?
- Find out what their favourite game is.
Suggested Questions and Activities After Reading
- In what ways is the boy a good friend during the story?
- Learn to play backgammon.
- Find out why penguins can’t fly.
- Try some penguin activities.