Einstein The Penguin: The Case of the Fishy Detective has been featured in The Times's online list of the 33 best books for children 2022. It was also featured in print in The Sunday Times's Culture Magazine on Sunday 4th December.
I wasn't even slightly expecting this until I saw it! The first Einstein book was featured in several newspapers and I really didn't think I'd get so lucky this year. Print space for books is naturally limited, and I imagine there's less incentive to promote a second book in a series than a first, so I'm feeling very grateful that Nicolette Jones liked Book 2 enough to mention Einstein again.
2022 was obviously a very popular year for detective stories and lots of other brilliant books were mentioned in the write up too:
Einstein the Penguin: The Case of the Fishy Detective by Iona Rangeley, illustrated by David Tazzyman
The most popular genre in children’s books this year seems to have been detective stories. Enjoyable examples include, for age 8+, books by Robin Stevens (The Ministry of Unladylike Activity), Jenny McLachlan (Dead Good Detectives), Fleur Hitchcock (Murder at Snowfall), Patrice Lawrence (The Elemental Detectives), JT Williams (The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger), MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman (The Arctic Railway Assassin), Daisy May Johnson (How to Be True), Anthony Horowitz (Where Seagulls Dare) and, for younger readers, Serena Patel (Anisha, Accidental Detective: Fright Night). One involves penguins. This is the second witty and charming book, with wild, expressive pictures, about a super-intelligent penguin adopted by a London family. Adorable Einstein and the children face peril and expose duplicity. NJ
“This is the second witty and charming book, with wild, expressive pictures, about a super-intelligent penguin adopted by a London family."
I haven't read all of these yet, but I love a detective story so they are all firmly on my TBR list. I actually started the Ministry of Unladylike Activity series recently and can't wait to read the rest!