The kids are reading this for a book group. It is a great read out-loud Newbery Honor Book. This classic is from 1938. Mr. Popper is a quite house painter. He is always dreaming about exploring the arctics. He reads about the poles and follows all the famous explorers of those regions. One explorer, Admiral Drake, responds to one of his letters with a gift. A penguin! Pretty soon this quite house painter and his family are having an adventure of their own.
The book made me laugh and Captain Cook, the penguin, is always making a mess or doing something funny, as all penguins do you know. To add to the tale, but without giving too much away there isn't just one penguin but 12 penguins after Greta is added to the mix and lays eggs! It is a wonderful story and I recommend it for all ages because I was laughing harder then the kids.