Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Libby Family Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper's Penguins 
Author: Richard and Florence Atwater
Illustrator: Robert Lawson
Release date: 1938
Published by: Little, Brown & Co./Scholastic
Book Awards: Newbery Honor 1939, 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Popper has always been an adventurer at heart, but only through his books. When a special delivery arrives one day from Antarctica from Admiral Drake his life will be changed forever!

My thoughts: What an adorable family read this was! I read this aloud over many nights to my girls after we had watched the movie. We found this little gem at Half-priced Books for a dollar! What a bargain! Each night before bed, if time allowed, I would read a chapter or two...then last night I read about 6 or 7 chapters to finish the whole book off in one evening!

The first thing we were delighted by when we started Mr. Popper's Penguins, was the fact that the plot was completely different from the one in the movie! Since the movie was all we had to go by, we were shocked that he was married, had a family, lived in a small town, had little money, etc. The girls were delighted by the illustrations from time to time in the book too! Not that you really needed them, but they still appreciated them along the way. All in all, this was an absolute delight! Now they are begging me to find the movie again for them since we had just rented it before which does sound fun since it was such an adorable family movie. Wish me luck!

Mallory's 8-year-old thoughts: In the beginning Mr. Popper was a house painter in the summer, but in the winter one day he got a special delivery from Admiral Drake. Guess what it was!? It was a penguin! They named him Captain Cook and his room was in the refrigerator. One day he got very, very sick. Mr. Popper wanted to help Captain Cook be happy again so they found another penguin from nearby at the Aquarium in Mammoth City. Her name was Greta. One day Greta had one egg, then two days later another egg, and then another and another until...there were ten eggs in all! Normally penguins only lay 2 eggs, but in this book they laid 10!



I thought that this book was very different from the movie but when we started some of the parts did fit in. It was pretty amazing how Mr. Popper made an ice ring in their house in both the book and the movie! It was pretty amazing to see that both the book and movie are different.

Reaghan's 6-year-old thoughts: The penguins were SO funny! In the book one day Mr. Popper has the penguin on a leash, gets caught on a lady and the lady drops her groceries! The penguin would not keep walking! Once they got the penguin, they kept him in the refrigerator. 

I liked this book and maybe you will too because it is SO funny! I liked the penguins the most! 


In the end: This is a just a fantastic little family fun read, for a read-aloud and perfect for the movie follow-up! Try it out! We highly recommend it! 
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