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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781600246760
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Mr. Popper dreams about leaving his boring life and going on an adventure in the Antarctic. So when the legendary Admiral Drake sends him a live penguin in response to his letter, he is thrilled. Soon afterward, he receives a female companion for his penguin and they have ten children. But Mr. Popper has enough trouble supporting his human family. So, he takes his penguins to the stage. Soon, Mr. Popper is up to his ears in adventure as he tries to manage twelve performing penguins and the trouble they inevitably get into.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins remains a classic, read and remembered by generations of loyal fans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story…More fun than twenty-five movies.”

    Horn Book Magazine

  • “More than sixty years have not dated this wonderfully absurd tale—it still makes kids (and parents) laugh out loud…The adventures…are hilarious, with numerous slapstick moments as the penguins disrupt other acts and invade hotels. Classic chapter-a-night fun.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This story has delighted readers for more than fifty years…Audio listeners have a singular opportunity to delight in this visit of penguins to 432 Proudfoot Avenue. Nick Sullivan brings unflappability to the tale. He is composed and straightforward as he enlivens each new character—from optimistic Mr. Popper to the exasperated-but-ever-polite Mrs. Popper to the delighted Popper children, who are ever ready to adapt to life with their new housemates. Sullivan also delivers fine penguin impersonations as Captain Cook and Greta, who are stars in the cross-country adventure of Popper’s Performing Penguins.”


  • Winner of theNewbery Honor in 1939
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author
Before his death in 1948, Richard Atwater was a newspaper columnist and a professor of Greek. He is best known for writing Mr. Popper's Penguins with his wife, Florence, who finished the novel when he fell ill. Together, they were honored with the 1939 Newbery Honor Award.
About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.