REVIEW: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater

Format:  Hardback
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
ISBN:  0316o58424
Published:  1938
Setting:  Stillwater, US

Rating:  4 of 5 stars

Back of the Book Blurb:

It was hard enough for Mr. Popper to support himself, Mrs. Popper, Bill and Janie Popper.  The addition of twelve penguins to the family made it impossible to make both ends meet.  Then Mr. Popper had a splendid idea.  The penguins might support the Poppers.  And so they did.

My Thoughts:

**spoiler alert**

This was a very cute book, right up to the end.  I loved that Mr. Popper ultimately tried to do what was best for the penguins, but it annoyed me somewhat that he left his family.  I would have enjoyed the ending more if they had been able to choose whether or not to go, or at the very least, he had been able to discuss it with Mrs. Popper.  I get that it’s a children’s book, but the idea of them discussing everything up to that point regarding the penguins, then having him decide in the split second between learning that Admiral Drake intended for him to go and actually setting sail seemed completely counter to how their relationship worked.  I’m probably putting a lot more thought into the story than kids would, but little details like that make or break good books, and in this case, what otherwise would be a 5-star classic is, instead, somewhat wanting.


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