Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

First published in 1932, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a classic tale that has enchanted young readers for generations. The ebook edition of Mr. Popper's Penguins includes never-before-seen archival material from the authors' estate and features the original award-winning story of a house painter and lover of the Arctic, who receives a penguin as a gift, turning his simple life into one of adventure and fame.

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

Published (first published 1938) 
thank you to netgalley for provided me with a copy

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.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, this was always one of my favorites as a little kid. I really wanted to have penguins in my basement :)