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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (46 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.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of theNewbery Honor in 1939
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/20/2014

    " i liked this book when i read it in the third grade! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AnnaMarie | 2/16/2014

    " Katie and I read it together. It was good. Katie liked the illustrations throughout, and liked hearing about the silly penguins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School | 2/13/2014

    " Enjoy this humorous account of a family adapting to life with pet penguins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2014

    " It's a bit Disney. Cute. Fluffy even. But sweetly endearing and a very gentle (if somewhat unbelievable) read. 5-7 year olds will love having it read to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marion | 2/5/2014

    " This was a read-aloud with my son, age 13. I've been meaning to read it to him for years and finally did so since the movie is coming out this summer. It's a fun, quick read-aloud with a bit of a surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/2/2014

    " So sad when Mr.Popper and the Penguins get put in jail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/28/2014

    " This was very entertaining. I started reading it with my kids, but finished it up myself. Very 1930s - I had no idea it was written that long ago. Envisioning the birds and their antics was a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carri | 1/23/2014

    " It was a fun book to read aloud to my young girls. A very silly book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 1/17/2014

    " Its a cute book... So different from the movie... Hard to remember all of the penguins names "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Harmon | 1/14/2014

    " I thought the book was good but there was a sad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/24/2013

    " My 4 and 6 year old boys loved listening to this one. A fun story about a man who is delivered a penguin from the south pole and raises him in his house. He soon adds a female penguin and they give birth to 10 babies. Not sure this could really happen, but it was fun to read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 12/23/2013

    " This is a good book. By the way I want those penguins! I like Capt. Cook because he is very funny. If you read this book I hope you like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Lefkovics | 12/23/2013

    " So dated, yet amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 12/22/2013

    " Not my personal favorite, but my 5-year-old son thought it was pretty funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 12/3/2013

    " granted, the last time i read it was in first grade, but i thoroughly enjoyed it then. it's still one of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/21/2013

    " Super cute family read - just in time for the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/15/2013

    " A middle-grade novel about a daydreaming man and his love of penguins...very cute! It was first published in 1938, so some bits are outdated (like the fact that they spank the penguins for misbehaving!) but overall, it was a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 10/10/2013

    " I love penguins, so this was a bit disappointing. It might have been really good when it was published, but it seems a bit hokey for modern times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/20/2013

    " A quick read but pretty adorable. Penguins! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica McIntyre | 7/18/2013

    " I very cute story, not at all what I expected, I guess I was assuming it to be more like the movie, however it is not. I enjoyed the tale of a man who need something special in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2013

    " This is a really cute book. Especially good book to read to kids. Lots of LOL moments. Alex really wants to see the movie now...wonder if it does the book justice? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maan | 12/22/2012

    " Book #71 for 2012: Another one from the library. Wanted to read something light yesterday because I took to the bed (was sick for a couple of days). This did the trick. Now I can watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Cerra | 10/26/2012

    " Super-cute and fun read. This book will make you want to take in a few penguins as pets. Trust me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyrad | 10/20/2012

    " A fun memory from my childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 9/29/2012

    " Super fun to read aloud to the 3-8 year-old set. Harry loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/30/2012

    " A cute children's book that I never read as a child. Read it out loud to Molly - we both enjoyed it! I am sure that the upcoming movie will be very different, but it was a pleasure to read, and not too dated! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 4/25/2012

    " I think it is fun. Mr.Popper gets a penguin in the mail. So funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie | 2/3/2012

    " A fun read that most kids would enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 12/11/2011

    " From an adult perspective, not the best. But my 6 year old daughter loved it. Mr. Popper was a little crazy I think, and his wife for allowing him to do all those crazy things for penguins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 9/7/2011

    " Read for my Newbery class. A nice flashback to 4th grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thayer Smock | 8/15/2011

    " A cute story, just a little odd, but the boys and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kk | 6/28/2011

    " love this and the movie is hillarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/7/2011

    " One of my favorite read alouds. The kids had fun listening to it. I didn't like the ending. It was finished by the author's wife after he died. I think she must have been sad that he died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 5/23/2011

    " i dont mean to give this book a bad review but it's like a childish book. i enjoyed it and thought it was funny. i also liked learning about penguins and what they can do!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gere | 5/22/2011

    " One of my childhood favorites. I loved this book because it made me laugh. Every elementary school child should read this or have it read to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 5/19/2011

    " I read this book a very long time ago so I can't remember much other than I thought that it was really good. I will read it again and update this review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/17/2011

    " Read aloud to my 6-year-old daughter. We loved it - funny and heart-warming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dlbemoll | 5/17/2011

    " I wanted to read it, before the movie with Jim Carey comes out. To me, not such great writing or plot. It is a quick read, because it is for fifth graders. I hope the movie is more entertaining, which would be a first! Usually the books are always better!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 5/16/2011

    " Read with my 8-year-old daughter who said, "I hope the film's more fun!" Still a cute story though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chinook | 5/15/2011

    " Cute! Makes me want to go on an Antarctic cruise, or back up North to see polar bears again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/15/2011

    " My sister had mentioned that Mr. Popper's Penguins was one of her favorite books as a kid. I had never read it, so when I came across a copy at a book sale I bought it. It was pretty inventive and I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 5/15/2011

    " I am not sure why I have never read this book. I really enjoyed it. My daughter was reading it, and so I decided I wanted to read it. There is a movie coming out this summer. Now I can't wait to see it. I only hope it is as good as the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twyla | 5/11/2011

    " mr.popper got some penguins they got alot of money and brought the penguins to the north pole "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 5/8/2011

    " I remember liking this much better as a child. Re-reading it with our children left me wanting something more...proably more of the humor I remember in it as a child. I didn't like the ending this time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/7/2011

    " One of my most favorites from childhood...I remember doing a box diorama book report on it too. It included icebergs made from Kleenex and horribly done penguins cut from paper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 4/30/2011

    " There making a movie of my favorite, well one of, childhood books. JIm Carey is going to be Mr. Poppers:) so exciting! "

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About the Author

Richard Atwater (1892–1948) 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. The book remains popular to this day and was even made into a feature film starring Jim Carrey.

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.