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Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 15/5

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T Smith

Review

Claude is one of my favourite series so I was pleased to hear that a new series would be coming from Alex T Smith for slightly older children, and Mr Penguin is it. When I saw the book, it reminded me of the Claude books in its stylish presentation, spot colour (the illustrations are black, white and orange) and the off-the-wall humour; we are, after all, talking about a detective penguin whose spider friend, Colin, is a kung-fu expert who has to get him out of many scrapes... But that aside, Mr Penguin is a wonderful character in his own right, keen and enthusiastic but just not brilliant at solving the mysteries he sets out to. Thankfully, his friends are there to help out.

In Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure, Mr Penguin has his first case - to find the treasure hidden at The Museum of Extraordinary Objects and, after many twists and turns, the real adventure begins when Mr Penguin discovers a hidden staircase to a whole new world beneath the museum.

There is plenty of action, surprises and laughs through the course of the story and younger readers aged seven to nine years are sure to be thoroughly entertained. Some of them might also spot the twist coming up in the ending, if they follow the textual and visual clues carefully enough.

This is a wonderful start to the new series; I can't wait to see what Mr Penguin (and Colin the spider) get up to next!

208 pages / Ages 7-9 years / Reviewed by Alice Green.

Reviewed by: Alice Green


Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 15/5

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T Smith

Review

I have a very enthusiastic army of Claude fans at my school so I anticipate great excitement about the arrival in the library of Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure. They are sure to be drawn in by the highly appealing look of this book with its orange, black and white colour palette and the delightful opening illustrations. I can guarantee that by the time they meet Mr Penguin himself, sporting an arrow-pierced adventurer's hat and carrying a satchel that contains his snack of choice: a fish finger sandwich, they will be well and truly hooked.

In this, the first of Mr Penguin's adventures, he and trusty sidekick Colin (a kung fu expert and spider) are called upon to track down the missing artefacts from the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. There is excitement and peril along with plenty of laughs as we follow our heroes through this delightful adventure.

A more demanding and lengthy read than the Claude series, this book still has short chapters and a format that will be reassuring to the independent reader needing to bridge the gap to longer texts. I can't wait to find out where Mr Penguin and Colin will find themselves next!

203 pages / Ages 7-9 / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, school librarian

Reviewed by: Emily Marcuccilli