Penguins cause a romping and fun ruckus in Richard and Florence Atwater’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Mr. Popper is keen to join an expedition to the North and South Poles, but his profession as a housepainter keeps him housebound. Mr. Popper’s letter to Admiral Drake, who is headed to the Antarctic, garners an unexpected reply, in the form of a live penguin. The Poppers love the penguin, named “Captain Cook”, but penguins have distinct needs, and Mr. Popper finds himself reconstructing the refrigerator, and filling the house with ice and snow. Captain Cook builds a nest in the refrigerator, growing sick for want of a mate. In response, the Poppers have to make room for a female penguin named Greta, who lays ten eggs. Now the Poppers have to provide a swimming pool stocked with fish for the penguins to eat, plunging the family into money woes. In an attempt to help the family out of debt, Mr. Popper trains the birds as “Mr. Popper’s Performing Penguins”, though after an initially wild success there comes disaster, as the penguins cause a disturbance at a theater and are arrested. Luckily, Admiral Drake saves the day, offering to take the penguins to the North Pole, inviting a happy Mr. Popper along. The Atwaters’ delightful tale, recently adapted into a movie, makes for a delightful read, and kids will enjoy the penguins’ antics. Recommended for readers ages 8 to 10.