Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise


Illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Category: Series: Mr. PenguinThemes: Animals
When Mr. Penguin boards a glitzy cruise ship, he quickly discovers the boat is bound for dubious straits. From Alex T. Smith’s delightfully wacky detective series!  
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  • ISBN: 9781682632130
  • Publication date: 10/01/2020
  • Page Count: 288
  • Size: 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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Description

When Mr. Penguin boards a glitzy cruise ship, he quickly discovers the boat is bound for dubious straits. From Alex T. Smith’s delightfully wacky detective series!

“Gloriously silly…. Ridiculously charming.” —Kirkus Reviews

Dashing detective Mr. Penguin and his adventuring gang board a luxury cruise ship for some much-needed rest and a little entertainment. With Colin, his kung fu spider sidekick, preparing to perform with the Ladies Choir and fish finger sandwiches available twenty-four hours a day, Mr. Penguin isn’t even bothered by the fact that he can’t swim and is deeply afraid of water.

But when a series of odd events infiltrates a façade of glamorous parties filled with a who’s who of film stars and politicians, Mr. Penguin can’t help but feel that something shifty is happening on board. And when he befriends a young stowaway with a mystery of her own, he soon finds that adventures are lying in wait.

This third installment in the wacky, page-turning series from Alex T. Smith (Claude) is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure and major laughs. Black and orange illustrations throughout.

Author/Illustrator

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Alex T. Smith

Illustrator

Alex T. Smith briefly considered careers in space travel, cookery and being a rabbit, but finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. Alex lives in England.

Reviews

“Gloriously silly…illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake lend the story a daffy verve, and the short chapters with cliffhanger endings make for a perfect read-aloud…. Ridiculously charming.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Think Indiana Jones adventure with an Agatha Christie twist and you have the zany antics of Mr. Penguin and company. The story features a cast of endearing characters and a writing style that walks the line between funny and zany. With illustrations offering complementary, but just as wacky, details for younger readers, this title will still appeal to adult readers as well…. A great addition to a library or home bookshelf.” —School Library Connection

Awards

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate)— Kansas National Education Association, 2021

Resources

Resources: Activity Kit

Series Activity Kit

More Details

F&P: Q, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 890L
Themes: Adventure, Problem-solving, Mystery
BISAC 1: JUV001000  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 2: JUV002380 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Penguins
BISAC 3: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories