Length: 139 pages
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 14 minutes
First Published: 1938
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In this children’s classic, a house painter finds his slow winter season disrupted when an Antarctic explorer mails him a penguin. Suddenly the Popper family’s life is thrown upside down by their furry friend. When they procure him a wife, they are inundated with a whole family of penguins which they teach to perform on stage. As an adult, I found many elements of the story mind-boggling, but with an audiobook under 2 hours, Mr. Popper’s Penguins was the perfect little story to entertain my children on a short road trip.
The Poppers unexpectedly come into possession of a penguin, then get a penguin from the zoo who mates with the first penguin to have 10 baby penguins. Before long, something must be done before they eat the Poppers out of house and home!
A classic of American humor, this story of a gentle housepainter and his high stepping penguins has delighted children for generations.
Movie Trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
About Richard Atwater
Richard Atwater was a newspaper columnist and a professor of Greek. He wrote Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which his wife revised and published after a stroke left him unable to speak or write. He died in 1948 at age 55.
About Florence Atwater
Florence Atwater was a writer and editor. After her husband’s stroke, she rewrote portions of his unpublished children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins to help it become published. She died in 1979 at the age of 82.