Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life – until he inherits six penguins. Popper’s penguins turn his New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – and the rest of his life upside-down.
Richard Tupper Atwater (1892-1948) lived in Chicago and worked as a journalist, often writing humorous pieces for newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune. He wrote two books for children before beginning Mr. Popper's Penguins, a 1939 Newbery Honor Book. Before he could finish the story, however, he became ill. His wife, Florence Hasseltine Atwater (1899-1979) finished the book, helping launch a story that has remained popular for generations.
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Kindle Edition, 139 pages
(first published 1938)
I can't believe that I have never read this book or that I never read it to my kids, depriving them of a fun adventure.
Mr. Popper is a house painter and obsessed with Adminal Drake, an Antarctic explorer. One thing leads to another with Mr. Popper taking delivery of a penguin whom he names Captain Cook. The story continues with another arrival this one named Greta and then of course that leads to lots of little penguins.
I found this such a delightful story, it was witty, kinda quirky, cute and this adult enjoyed reading it. I can't see myself watching the movie because I don't want to take anything away from the imagines I have in my mind of this book (plus I really am not a big Jim Carrey fan either).
I can definitely see myself purchasing this book for the grandkids, maybe with a little stuffed penguin to go with it.