Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mr. Popper is a housepainter who dreams of travel and loves to read books about Antarctica. He writes a fan letter to a famous explorer, Admiral Drake, who in return ships him his very own penguin. Mr. Popper names the penguin Captain Cook and makes accommodations (like drilling air holes in his refrigerator) so he can live with them. Captain Cook seems to thrive at first, but later becomes lonely, so Admiral Drake sends Greta to keep him company. Captain Cook and Greta have ten babies and the twelve penguins are literally about to eat the Poppers out of house and home.
Mr. Popper decides to train the penguins to perform and the show is a huge success. They are invited to tour the country for $5000 a week. Things go great until they get to New York and Mr. Popper and his penguins show up at the wrong theater. They end up in jail and Admiral Drake bails them out. He asks Mr. Popper to allow him to take the penguins to live in the Arctic so the explorers there won’t be lonely. At the same time, a man from Hollywood offers to make stars out of the penguins and make the Poppers wealthy. Mr. Popper must decide what is best for the future of his family and his penguins.
When I saw that Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater was being released as an audio book I was really excited because this was one of my favorite books as a child. This book lasts about 2 hours and is read by Nick Sullivan. He does a marvelous job – using different voices and sound affects. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this childhood favorite – this classic book stands the test of time. This audio book is appropriate for the whole family and would be great to listen to on a car trip this summer.