Mr. Popper's PenguinsBook - 1988
Mr. Popper's Penguins is one of the handful of American books for children that has attained the status of a classic. A humble house painter is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake and, thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, soon has twelve penguins living in his house. First published in 1938, Mr. Popper's Penguins has amused and enchanted generations of children and their parents.
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A timeless classic from 1938 that still has appeal to children today. Great to read together with a parent or grandparent.
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Tom Popper: Ooh, hey! gosh thought you guys would never get here, Its Great!
Voice on the phone: Thomas, your father left you something.
Tom: So where was he?
Voice on Phone: Antartic."
"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.
"Tom: When did I ever disappoint anybody.
Janie, Billy, Mrs. Popper:[all speak together]My birthday, father's day, Our anniversary.
"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]"
"Tom Popper: I don't like you...I don't need you...
Tom Popper: I don't want you in my life!"
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"Reader: Pull yourself together. Your house is full of penguins.
Tom Popper: I know... [Halucinating Laugh]
"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]"
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forrestyusenxie thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 40
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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
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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