Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins

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by Richard Atwater

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ISBN-10: 0316186465

ISBN-13: 2900316186468

Pub. Date: 05/10/2011

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.


The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

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Chapter I Stillwater,
Chapter II The Voice in the Air,
Chapter III Out of the Antarctic,
Chapter IV Captain Cook,
Chapter V Troubles with a Penguin,
Chapter VI More Troubles,
Chapter VII Captain Cook Builds a Nest,
Chapter VIII Penguin's Promenade,
Chapter IX In the Barber Shop,
Chapter X Shadows,
Chapter XI Greta,
Chapter XII More Mouths to Feed,
Chapter XIII Money Worries,
Chapter XIV Mr. Greenbaum,
Chapter XV Popper's Performing Penguins,
Chapter XVI On the Road,
Chapter XVII Fame,
Chapter XVIII April Winds,
Chapter XIX Admiral Drake,
Chapter XX Farewell, Mr. Popper,
A Biography of Richard and Florence Atwater,

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Mr. Popper's Penguins 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 361 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was younger, I loved this book. I still like it alot today. My family read it out loud to eachother, and we had fun squeaking like penquins and playing like we were sliding off iceburgs. I think any kid that likes animals and good stories would like this book. And any adult that likes to laugh should like it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my sister and I were young, we rushed to brush our teeth and get into bed so that our father could read another chapter of this wonderful book. The story is delightful and my own young son has enjoyed the book many times over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Popper's Penguins is a great book to occupy the whole famliy. It's simple enough for young kids and interesting and fast-paced enough for older kids and parents. Mr. Popper's Penguins has always been and always will be my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is usually really hard to find a book you love,but this book you can not put down and it gives everone lots of laughs and a big smile
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Popper is a housepainter and decorator who spends most of his free time reading about polar explorers. He sent a letter to Admiral Drake saying how silly penguins are. Mr. Popper listened to the radio to hear Drake's report from the Antarctic. The Admiral said, 'Hello, Mamma. Hello, Papa ¿ Hello, Mr. Popper up there in Stillwater. Thanks for your nice letter about the picture of our last expedition. Watch for an answer. But not by a letter, Mr. Popper. Watch for a surprise.' Now the fun begins! This book is very funny because of all the silly things the Poppers do to keep their penguins alive and happy. How do you keep penguins happy? How do you keep them out of trouble? How do you feed a penguin? Read this book to find out. People who like comedies would like to read this book. I think this book would be for kids 8 to 12 if you read alone and 6 to 7 if an adult is reading aloud.
ShalaHowell More than 1 year ago
My Four-Year-Old is just beginning to be interested in having chapter books read to her. But as she gets stressed out by conflict of any sort, it's kind of tough finding good candidates for her. This is a winner. For those of you who haven't read the book, the basic premise is that a house painter who spends his off-hours reading about (and writing to) explorers in the South Pole receives a penguin in the mail from one of those explorers. Since his work is over for the winter, he becomes very involved in the comfort and care of said penguin (and the eleven other penguins that quickly follow). In the end, he transforms his basement into an ice rink (an idea my daughter wholeheartedly supports, by the way), and spends more than his wife ever thought possible on fish and canned shrimp. I won't tell you how an out-of-work house painter manages to pay for all that (wouldn't want to spoil the ending), but I will say that the process is highly entertaining for all involved. I found myself looking forward to each night's installment of Mr. Popper nearly as much as The Four-Year-Old. Although I personally found the ending to be highly improbable, The Four-Year-Old saw nothing at all the matter with it--except for that little bit of unpleasantness with the policemen and firemen--and has spent many a happy evening reenacting the finale in the bathtub. And now, if you will excuse me, I need to go read Mr. Popper's Penguins to The Four-Year-Old again. I promised her I would as soon as I finished writing the review. (Excerpted from review posted on my blog: Caterpickles-Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4-Year-Old Mind)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book.I thought it was really funny.Especially the penguins.It's funny how they could do tricks.I would recomend this book to anybody who really likes penguins,or the circus.Because in this book the penguins are the circus.So read Mr.Poppers Penguins for a load of laughs and much much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. The movie's good but it's nothing like thebook. When Mr Popper lustens to the radio one night a famous Arctic explorer announces that he received a letter from Mr Popper and a special package for him shall arrive soon. And guess whatsin that package? Penguins. Thisbspirals a series of events that includes a seal, the circus, and Antarctica. This is sure to be hit for tje whole family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to be one of Mr.Popper's penguins!
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. enjoyed it a lot and would recommend to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very great. I loved the part when the penguin named Captain Cook went into the refrigerator. That had me laughing for hours. I liked this book so much that four years ago my second grade class and I did a play on it. I thought it was clever how Mr. and Mrs. Popper put water in their basement and froze it so the penguins could have a place to play. I could not believe it when Captain Cook¿s mate named Greta had twenty-four little baby penguins. This book was brilliant. I would read it again. I liked this book because it was humorous and I enjoyed the plot of the book. I would highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My father read this book to me when I was little. We read it so many times I had the book almost memorized. Reading a couple chapters everynight before I went to bed is one of my best memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for all ages! If you have young kids you could read it to them but 7+ shouldnt have a realy hard time with the words.But this book was amazing for me and now the next generation can enjoy it to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Not my all-time Favorite but in the top 10. It is a great book for anyone who likes to read, or doesn't like to read. It's a great book for the whole family. I would recommend this book to anyone ages 5+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little sister is the biggest fan of penguins i am second I love penguins DONT MESS WITH MESS WITH PENGUINS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read the book but the movie is the bomb dot com! It is soooooooo funny! If it has jim carry in it you know the movie would be great. This movie is a great kids movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've now read the book and i think that it was a great and funny book. It really got me interested in penguins now and i want to have a penguin now like Mr. Popper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i was a lot younger, my parents would read me this book time after, time after time. I would intently listen and i developed a want for a peinguin. Now, i can read to myself with ease (although i usally skip the first chapter) and get sucked into the book picturing peinguins in my dreams. After years and years of animal knowlege, i have come to conclude that Mr. Poppers peinguins are adelie penguins. This book is about a man named Mr. Popper who recives an anexpected surprise from the south pole... you will see the great troubles of keeping a peinguin and how the Poppers run out of money. Will they sell the peinguins or find a way to use the peinguins to get the money? (HINT: the book starts with one peinguin, then two, then twelve!) I was devistated that the MOVIE Mr. Poppers peinguins was nothing like the book what so ever. Please hit yes if this was helpful or you agree with me that this book is awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading dis book right now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun and cute - animal lovers must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the person who said their sister is the biggest fan of penguins you are a liar im penguins biggest fan!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this book it was really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like on the pages of the script but i think itshould be a little more dramatic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg the best book kind of boring