penguin in peril

There’s something about Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks that reminds me a little of a Wallace and Gromit short—a little dark, a little bit of intrigue, and very clever all around.  It’s great for teaching rare words “peril,” “cunning” and “foiled.”  

Rare words, according to Jim Trelease, are ones that kids won't typically hear in everyday conversation, but will encounter in books.  They occur not only in chapter books, but in picture books.  Many picture books are rich sources of rare words, diverse vocabulary and regional lexicon.  Are there any interesting rare words in your bedtime story tonight?  And please mention the title.  I'm always looking to increase the diversity of our book collection.