Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Gable: The house decorator Mr. Popper, after receiving a penguin from his idol Admiral Drake, is in for an adventure of a lifetime!
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Morgan: Penguins, Arctic, Performances, Money, Pets, Dreams
Any particular reason for choosing this book?
Gable: I have seen the film adaptation of it and Mom said that I would like the book, too.
Morgan: Comedy/Classic/Children’s Literature
What did you think of the cover art?
Morgan: I think that the penguins should’ve had pink feet instead of yellow feet because in the book they specifically described the penguins as having specifically pink feet.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gable: Mr. Popper because he was creative, smart and always believed that he could make his dream come true, which eventually he did.
Morgan: Mr. Popper because he always had hope.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Gable: Bill Popper, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s son, because he seemed to like to insult people and be annoying.
Morgan: Mrs. Popper because she was a bit too pedantic and upset at things.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Gable: I got into it immediately and it was a lot like my current life, except for the penguins. It was a funny book and perfect to read aloud. I do not think it is just for kids but for adults, too.
Morgan: It didn’t take too long for me to get into it. I thought it was very interesting the way they described the penguins and how they took care of them. I wish I could have one!
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: Slightly more character driven.
What did you think of the ending?
Morgan: There could definitely be a sequel, even though it’s an old book. I want to see what happens next!
What was the moral of the story?
Gable: To always believe in your dreams and soon they will happen.
Morgan: Your dreams can come true if you put your mind to it.
Did you learn anything?
Gable: Thanks to Mr. Popper, I now know that penguins can go up to a month without food and the females only lay two eggs a season.
What would you change?
Gable: The fact that Mr. and Mrs. Popper called each other “Mamma” and “Papa.”
How does the book compare to the film?
Gable: The film is a much more modern version of the book. I preferred the book because it was more heart-warming.
Morgan: The film was very different from the book. It was more of a modernized version of the book, I thought.
Who would you recommend it to?
Morgan: Anyone who has someone or something they aspire to or those who love penguins or the Arctic.
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