An enjoyable story with lots of great philosophy. Sort of a Toy Story meets Nietzche.
And besides that, it is an extremely well-done unreliable narrator point of view, how the penguin views things is very interesting, and how the balloon man is seen as the creator and infallible god, sort of like The Claw on Toy Story.
The little girl did put me in mind of Sid from Toy Story
This was the first Eugie Foster story I ever encountered. Though I did enjoy it, at the time I had no idea how much I would come to love her work. Another collection please, Mrs. F!