Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets


Illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Category: Series: Mr. PenguinThemes: Animals
Mr. Penguin and Colin the Spider encounter spooky adventures after crash-landing on a snow-drenched mountain. From Alex T. Smith’s hilarious Mr. Penguin detective series!  
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  • ISBN: 9781682631300
  • Publication date: 10/01/2019
  • Page Count: 288
  • Size: 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • ISBN: 9781682631959
  • Publication date: 10/01/2020
  • Page Count: 288
  • Size: 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • ISBN: 9781682631782
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Description

Mr. Penguin and Colin the Spider encounter spooky adventures after crash-landing on a snow-drenched mountain. From Alex T. Smith’s hilarious Mr. Penguin detective series!

“A peppy mystery brimming with absurdity and laughs, suspenseful moments, and detailed two-tone illustrations…kids will eagerly stay tuned.” —Booklist

When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there shadowy figures lurking about? And will Mr. Penguin conquer his fear of flying?

This second installment in the madcap, page-turning detective series from Alex T. Smith (Claude) is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure and lots of 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

“Mr. Penguin’s second caper is as silly as the first… Fans will be happy more adventures are in the offing.” —Kirkus Reviews

★ “The book’s clever plot twists will surprise and delight young readers… Stylish and intricate drawings…a rollicking caper.” —Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Smith delivers a peppy mystery brimming with absurdity and laughs, suspenseful moments, and detailed two-tone illustrations. The idiosyncratic crew has more heart than talent, which results in some genuinely funny moments… Hero and villain tropes give the entire adventure the feel of a well-crafted cartoon episode, and kids will eagerly stay tuned.” —Booklist Online

“This rollicking, stand-alone, chapter book adventure deftly blends humor, mystery, and a dash of whimsy….endearing…. This title will appeal to established readers looking for a quick, engaging read. Interspersed illustrations, large print, and pacing make it appealing as a bridge for readers with a preference for graphic novels.” —School Library Connection

Resources

Resources: Activity Kit

Series Activity Kit

More Details

AR Level: 5.6
F&P: Q, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 810L
Themes: Adventure, Problem-solving, Mystery
BISAC 1: JUV001000  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 2: JUV019000  JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV045000  JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books