Mr Popper's Penguins
Open Road Publishing
June 14, 2011 (first pub'd 1938)
With Mr Popper's Penguins coming out on DVD soon (December 6th - this coming Tuesday), I decided to read the book of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater.
In this children's chapter book, Mr Popper is a house painter who loves to dream of far off places - like the South Pole.One day a rather unexpected - and rather large - package arrives for Mr Popper. Inside is a penguin, shipped to him straight from the South Pole.
While his wife, Mrs Popper is not so sure about this addition to their home, Mr Popper (and their children) are quite thrilled at their new family member.
Soon, Mr Popper is going about making all sorts of changes to his home in an attempt to make the penguin comfortable and a real part of their life.
It doesn't take long before he discovers just how different life really will be with a penguin . . . and then with more than one penguin.
Mr Popper's Penguins is a really cute and fun read. It's a lighthearted children's book but you still learn a few things about penguins along the way. The length of the book (almost 150 pages/20 chapters with some illustrations) is great for a lot of different ages and would also be good as a read aloud book.
I especially loved the afterword about how the book was written by the husband wife team.
The movie, starring Jim Carrey does look to be different from the book, but the book was so cute that I am looking forward to seeing how it is interpreted on film and how it transfers to film. (I want to see the penguins and Jim Carrey can be really funny.)
If you saw the movie in theaters, what did you think? (IMDb link)
Thanks to Fox & Think Jam there's a fun little activity book I can share with you. It's 8 pages with some fun little things to do (word scramble, a maze, etc). Just click on the pic below to open the PDF version in Google Docs . . .
activity book provided by Fox - book provided by my library