Mr. Penguin has got his flippers all in a flap in the first in a new series of books from the brilliant Alex T. Smith - the author of the Claude books.
Mr. Penguin is thrilled to be starting a new business venture as a Professional Adventure. He can not wait to go off exploring finding lost treasures, solving mysteries and swimming with sharks. But as of yet the phone has not rung and nobody wants to hire him and it looks as if the business (that has only just opened) will need to shut.
Just when he is about to give up and head back to the icy waters of the Frozen South the phone rings and Mr. Penguin finds himself hired by Boudicca Bones, owner of the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. So equipped with his magnifying glass, his hat, his satchel and his packed lunch of a fish-finger sandwich he heads out on his first professional adventure in the hope of finding some long lost treasure. It isn’t long before Mr. Penguin finds that Professional adventuring is not quite as he imagined and that is in fact a lot more like hard-work. Especially when everything is not quite as it seems…
This is the kind of book that you read from start to finish with a smile on your face and will have children begging to read just one more chapter. Alex T. Smith’s story about Mr. Penguin and his kung-fu-ing spider sidekick Colin is a whole lot of fun. It is a great adventure story with a fast-paced narrative and I really like that it introduces readers to the themes of mystery and crime.
Loveable Mr. Penguin is desperate for an adventure just like the ones he has read about in his books but when adventure comes calling he finds himself doing much more adventuring than he had planned and it is also a lot more dangerous than he had thought it would be. He finds himself going from the confines of a run-down museum to the tropics of a jungle. And along the way, navigating secret passageways, stumbling upon hidden buttons, levers and ancient maps, and having to deal with some rather hungry reptiles.
Mr. Penguin is a superb read for those newly independent readers who are in need of a read that has more text than a picture book but who still want a read that has lots of illustrations. The book features plenty of short chapters and is packed with lively and entertaining illustrations in black, white and orange.
A cracking little adventure mystery story full of laugh-out-loud moments, missing treasure and a fish-finger sandwich. If you enjoy this then be sure to check out the further adventures of Mr. Penguin.
Recommended for 6+.
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