Mr. Penguin has always loved reading adventure stories. So much so that he decided to open his own business as a Professional Adventurer. He was beginning to question his decision when the phone rang. It was Miss Boudicca Bones, owner of the Museum of Extraordinary Objects, and she needed Mr. Penguin's help. Miss Bones explains that things aren't going well at the museum. But ... with Mr. Penguin's help she is sure they can find the treasure her great-great-great grandfather hid at the museum.
They have just one clue: X marks the spot! With his trusty magnifying glass - and his partner Colin (a spider) - Mr. Penguin finds the X and the adventure begins. Following the clues through an underground cave, across a gator-filled river, and over a waterfall ... is this just a wild goose chase?
This adventure mystery has just the right balance of suspense and predictability for young audiences. The writing is vivid (as is the orange in the color scheme), making it a great choice for reading aloud.
As Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure is a finalist in the Early Chapter Category for the Cybils Awards, I read it with the perspective of someone still building their skills and transitioning to longer stories. While it does have some of the elements for transitional readers, the vocabulary, page density, and reading level push it to middle grade. The illustrations - particularly of the individual characters - are great and very helpful for young listeners trying to visualize the story. There were several spots, though, where the writing was so detailed - like describing map (chapter 9) - that an illustration would have been a huge help for the reader. Ideally, the end papers would have been that map, complete with the "red line."
Recommended for tweens who love adventures like Indiana Jones and quirky illustration styles.
Grab your hat ... the one with the arrows and join Mr. Penguin on a fun mystery adventure. Quirky characters and unexpected events will have readers asking "what's next."
This is the first title in an illustrated adventure series featuring a penguin detective.
Make the case your own with your own detective journal. What are you learning along the way that can help you solve the case?
10 and Up
8 and Up
Borrow to see if the story is a hit. Because it is also a great read-aloud it will work with different aged audiences, so if you like this one, consider buying the series.