The desert is no place for a penguin and Mr. Penguin has his flippers all in a flap in his latest adventure.
After solving lots of mysteries, Mr. Penguin is taking a well-earned break. But no sooner has he settled into his hotel room and dipped his feet into cold water, a stranger knocks on his door with terrible news. Edith has gone missing. It’s all aboard the Pyramid Express for a trip to The Valley of Peril. Will Mr. Penguin find his friend? Can he complete three impossible tasks? And will he make it back in time for a fish finger sandwich…
Mr. Penguin’s fourth mystery-solving adventure is another rollickingly good read. Heading off to The Valley of Peril with kung-fu kicking Colin the spider and Gordon the Pigeon to rescue his good friend Edith, Mr. Penguin soon finds himself in all sorts of trouble involving dodgy disguises, pyramids, stolen treasures and worst of all, the possibility of running out of fish finger sandwiches.
Not brave, easily confused, very scared and a rather terrible detective who is convinced that a cursed mummy is out to get him, Mr. Penguin is not the person you want in a crisis. If Edith and the rest of the gang stand any chance of getting out of the Tomb of Doom alive then the most unlikeliest of adventurers-come-private-detectives is going to have put his best flipper forward, swallow his fear and find his inner hero.
Fast-paced action comes thick and fast as the bumbling Mr. Penguin waddles from one calamity to another. Comedic moments and slapstick humour are what Mr. Penguin specialises in and a chapter doesn’t go by when the the hapless fella hasn’t inadvertently bumped into somebody, something, fallen over or generally made things a whole lot worse for everyone else. It is the kind of fun that guarantees plenty of smiles and giggles and takes the phrase ‘reading for pleasure’ to a whole new level. Sidekick Colin constantly had me in tears, communicating by way of notepad he regularly serves up brilliant one-liners, “Ketchup bottle him Mr. Penguin!” in order to get Gordon to spit out what was in his mouth made me laugh until my belly ached!
At close to three hundred pages this is a hefty book for new readers of chapter books but that shouldn’t put them off from joining in the fun and enjoying a wild ride with Mr. Penguin. They’ll soon be laughing along with the antics and racing through the pages as once you start reading it really is a struggle to stop especially with many chapters ending on cliff hangers. Large font makes for a really accessible read and plenty of fabulous illustrations bring the chaos of Mr. Penguin’s crazy adventures to life, keeping engagement levels high.
A flippin’ awesome read!
Recommended for 6+.