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Mr. Popper's Penguins Paperback – 2 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Mti Rep edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316186465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316186469
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

An award-winning classic children's novel in a new edition for a new generation

About the Author

Richard Atwater was a newspaper columnist and also taught Greek at the University of Chicago. He got the idea in 1932, after watching a documentary about Richard E.Byrd's Antarctic expedition but had had only completed the first part when he had a stroke and the book was completed by his wife Florence. They were jointly honoured with the Newbery Medal in 1939.


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This is a short humorous book for children about a house painter, who is interested in Antarctica, and his family and who receives a pet penguin in the mail. More penquins arrive and Mr. Popper and his family have to find out what to do? It was a 1939 Newbery Honor Book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best contribution to American children's literature. Children love the story.
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As has been said before now in a title, you had me at --- . This was such a book for me whilst resting in bed I was looking through various forms of writing and the title intrigued me. It was sort of like a fantasy setting, following a contact with an explorer and the principal character that resulted in a penguin, then more came into the lives of the principal character and his family lives. This could be read to children as it featured a cute creature with equally cute characteristics even their means of walking. I recommend this book.
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A very sweet children's book which doesn't feel dated and, fortunately, is very different from the infantile film of the same name. Mr Popper is sent a penguin, receives another and then a whole host of them. They help pay for themselves and help him to live his dreams.

Short and sweet but there's a reason this classic children's book is still so popular 80 years on. Absolutely charming!
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The first time I read this book, I couldn't put it down. Even lately when I read I couldn't put it down. It is hilarious and full of action. I haved loved penguins ever since I read it. Tey are now my favorite animal. I have have a giant collection because of this wonderful book.
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Wanted bedtime stories for nearly seven year old boy. We have not seen the recent film, but I am guessing, from the film photographs used to illustrate the book, it must be a bit different. Might have been be better to have got a book with illustrations relating to the story being read, as seemed unsatisfactory to a young listener. However, when he was going through books to give to the school for Christmas sale, this was not one to go. Also, it arrived quickly and in good condition. Thankyou
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I thought the penguins were cool with all their acts at the auditorium. The penguins antics were humorous throughout and it was so hard to put down the book on my desk at school. Definitely recommended to those of you who have a vivid imagination and aspirations of teaching animals to perform.
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This book is amazing when you have started reading it you won't be able to stop and it is good for any age.
And if you have watched the movie the book is 100% better it is very interesting and very funny one of the best books I have read in my life.
So if your thinking of getting it please do because it is an amazing book.
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I should probably start with pointing out that I'm 21, so not exactly the target audience for this book. I have a MASSIVE thing for penguins. Huge. I can't get enough of them. I have penguin EVERYTHING, and I'm not even a little bit ashamed.

Naturally, when Mr Popper's Penguins the film came out, I went to see it immediately, and loved it. What's not to love; Jim Carrey AND penguins?

I discovered the book accidentally, while browsing through the books on 12 Days of Kindle this Christmas, and although it was clearly a children's book, I figured I'd give it a go.

I really enjoyed it. Although it's very different from the film (I'm pretty sure all they took from the book was the name and the penguins), it was still awesome. Some bits were a bit boring, and the concept of the penguins somehow learning all those tricks and miraculously not pooping in the house is a little ridiculous, but it's a kids book after all, and I loved it nonetheless.

The only problem is that now I want to own 12 performing penguins that don't poop!
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