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Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

June 6, 2009

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.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2009 8:06 am

    Booking Daughter has read this book, but I wonder if they’d both enjoy it on audio! It is a good story and definitely stands the test of time!

  2. June 6, 2009 8:13 am

    I don’t know how I missed this kids’ book. Or maybe I just don’t remember it. Anyway, a great one to suggest to a youngster.

  3. June 6, 2009 8:18 am

    I loved this when I was a kid. I just remember the ice in the basement and wanting to have penguins in our basement so we could go sliding around down there!

    I should reread it (or listen to it). Thanks for the review.

    • June 6, 2009 8:24 am

      For some reason I remember Captain Kangaroo reading it on his show “way back when”. I won a copy of this and look forward to listening. Nice review!

  4. June 6, 2009 8:30 am

    It’s great to hear that they did a good job on the audio version. This is a classic and no matter how old it is kids love it!!

  5. June 6, 2009 9:59 am

    I don’t remember reading this as a kid and I think that I would enjoy reading/listening with my son. I’m definitely going to keep this one in mind for a road trip.

  6. June 6, 2009 10:35 am

    Glad you liked it Kathy. I bet it would be just great to listen to. I love listening to children’s stories on audio. I don’t think we ever outgrow that.

  7. June 6, 2009 10:42 am

    I like the title. I think my nephew might like it!

    Thanks for the review.

  8. June 6, 2009 10:57 am

    Oh, I loved this book when I was young. I bought it for my kids and was not disappointed when I read it to them. It’s a delight.

  9. June 6, 2009 11:39 am

    Great idea re: car trip! I’m starting to collect audiobooks for the kids in the car and I think this one would be perfect!

  10. June 6, 2009 11:47 am

    This was one of the very first books I reviewed when I started my blog. I thought it was really fun.

  11. June 6, 2009 11:51 am

    I read this book to my daughter several years ago, and I think it would make a great audiobook. I’m glad they did a good job.

    Thanks for the review.

  12. June 6, 2009 12:53 pm

    I read this book at least three or four times when I was a kit, it always made me laugh. I also liked the ice in the basement part. I’m glad you liked the audiobook.

  13. June 6, 2009 2:05 pm

    I absolutely adored this book as a child. Thanks so much for reminding me of great childhood memories. I’ll have to pick up a copy of this to share with my young cousin.

  14. June 6, 2009 2:56 pm

    I need to read this with my kids. I remember loving it too!

  15. June 6, 2009 4:18 pm

    Now Kathy, you just know it has to be great if it has penguins in it. There is no way it could be dull. Great review!

  16. June 6, 2009 5:59 pm

    That does sound like a fun audio book. I’ve been trying to get into them more.

  17. June 6, 2009 9:14 pm

    I didn’t read this one till I had kids, but we all loved it. Such a fun story.

  18. June 6, 2009 9:51 pm

    Oh I loved this when I was younger – I think listening to it would make it even more of a keepsake. Great review!

  19. June 7, 2009 7:27 am

    What fun! I’ve never read this book, but I’ll be looking it up – just might have to spring for the audio, too!

  20. June 7, 2009 8:30 am

    Thanks for this. Had not heard of it previously.

    A recommended classic is always appreciated!

    Checked and you can download the audiobook on itunes for £5.95 – can not see what the $ price is from this end!

    Thanks

  21. June 7, 2009 8:36 am

    I am a big fan of rediscovering stuff I read as a child. They are always a ton of fun and easily enjoyed as an adult too. Thanks for sharing!

  22. June 7, 2009 9:04 am

    i loved this book when i was a kid! i didn’t know it was released on audio–i’ll have to let my sister know so she can pick it up for my nephew! thanks for the info. 🙂

  23. June 7, 2009 4:32 pm

    This was one of my favorite books too – the audio version sounds lovely.

  24. Carol permalink
    June 9, 2009 12:27 pm

    Sounds fun. I’ll have to add it to the summer reading/listening list.

  25. June 10, 2009 9:43 pm

    I remember my library having this as a kid but I never did get around to reading it. I really have to do that!

  26. June 17, 2009 10:44 am

    I’ll keep this one in mind for our upcoming vacation. I think The Girl has the book, but I bet she’d really enjoy the audio.

    –Anna

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