Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins

eBook - 2011
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The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Open Road Integrated Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453219607
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill

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For kids looking for a laugh, and fans of ridiculous characters. Mr. Popper and his family have penguins in the fridge and an ice rink in the basement in this hilarious Newbery Honor book.

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Oct 10, 2019

BK , O - 910L 160페이지 3-7학년(8-12세)

Aug 20, 2019

week 28

Aug 12, 2019

Read for 1st grade

Apr 11, 2019

'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is a delightful reminder of the way children's books should be written: no agenda, no dumbing down, just a great adventurous, imaginative story that does not avoid the sometimes harsh realities of the times in which it takes place. Question, I wonder how many of today's children know what an 'icebox' or 'clothesline' is or the definition of 'oxblood'?

'Mr. Popper's Penguins' is charming book the likes of which current author writing should aspire.

5 stars

Jan 10, 2018

Hilarious funny book about penguins!

May 06, 2016

pretty good but a little
bit cheesy

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Mr. Popper is a house painter who dreams of exploring exotic, faraway places. One day a surprise package arrives in the mail containing a penguin whom he names Captain Cook. Pretty soon Mr. Popper and his family find themselves with a big dilemma: how to feed and care for a whole house full of penguins!

Jan 08, 2015

My favorite book as a child! Very sweet and funny. Read aloud to my class and they loved it as well.

Jul 08, 2014

it was better than movie

alperkins Jul 02, 2014

A true classic that warms the heart and tickles the funny bone!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Tom Popper: Ooh, hey! gosh thought you guys would never get here, Its Great!
Billy:Penguins! Yes!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

[Phone rings]
Voice on the phone: Thomas, your father left you something.
Tom: So where was he?
Voice on Phone: Antartic."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom Popper: Dear Lord, thank you for the food we are about to eat. Please use your mighty power, to stop the melting of the polar ice caps. Amen.
[penguin squawks]"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom: When did I ever disappoint anybody.
Janie, Billy, Mrs. Popper:[all speak together]My birthday, father's day, Our anniversary.
Tom: hmmmmmm.."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom: Who is ready for big weekend at Dadssss..
Janie: I don't want to go.
Tom: Its going to be fun.
[Billy kicks football in to Tom's groin]"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom Popper: I don't like you...I don't need you...
[penguins snoring]
Tom Popper: I don't want you in my life!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Tom Popper: Yeah Absolutely."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

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"Reader: Pull yourself together. Your house is full of penguins.
Tom Popper: I know... [Halucinating Laugh]

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom: Hey kids check this out!!
Tom Popper:[Dancing with penguins to the tune of Ice Ice Baby]In.
Shuffle - fall - step
Shuffle - fall - lunge
Step - ball - chain, step - ball - chain
[penquin squawks as he falls]"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

"Tom: I am a dream weaver pippy. Make them believe in a dream and they will buy anything."

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alperkins Jul 02, 2014

Polar-obsessed house painter Mr. Popper is delighted to received a surprise gift from Admiral Drake- a live penguin! One penguin lead to another- and another- and another! Eventually the Popper family is given fame and fortune because of their talented animal family

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Thomas "Tom" Popper Jr. (Jim Carrey) is a divorced realtor whose father traveled to many far places around the world during his childhood. He uses methods of experiencing adventures to get CEOs of businesses into selling their buildings to Popper's real estate company. When his father dies, his last will asks for his son to be given a souvenir from his last adventure. Sometime later a crate containing a gentoo penguin (Captain) shows up at his doorstep. After the penguin annoys him Mr. Popper tries to send the penguin back to the crew of Captain Popper. Eventually, due to a miscommunication with a crewmember of Captain Popper, more penguins arrive (Bitey, Stinky, Lovey, Nimrod, and Loudy), bringing the total to six. Popper initially intends to donate the penguins to a pest control of some sort, but changes his mind when his children, Janie Popper (Madeline Carroll) and Billy Popper (Maxwell Perry Cotton), think that the penguins are Billy's birthday present. That night Mr. Popper meets with New York Zookeeper Nat Jones (Clark Gregg), who asks Mr. Popper for the penguins having been tipped off by Popper's assistant for a pest problem. Popper tries to stall him by asking him to collect the penguins another time. Nat Jones agrees but not before warning that the conditions in Popper's apartment are not good enough to raise penguins. Popper is forced to pay the board of his apartment to keep the penguins with him in his apartment home.


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