A penguin! Mr. Popper is thrilled when he unpacks his Antarctic gift. But 'Captain Cook', as the likeable bird is called, throws the daily routine of the Popper family into a whirl. It isn't enough that he moves into a specially modified fridge: thanks to Greta, a female penguin, these pesky birds are joined by 10 lively juveniles. That's when Mr. Popper discovers that his penguins have a strange talent, and starts to practise a variety number with them. This is just the beginning of an exciting adventure with penguin taxi rides, moving ice blocks, sea crabs and the stages of Boston, Chicago and New York. First published in 1938, the book swiftly became a classic. It won the Newbery Honor Award in 1939, and has remained popular ad in print ever since - a film starring Jim Carrey was made in 2011. While the initial manuscript was written exclusively by Richard Atwater, it was only successfully published after some judicious rewriting from his wife, Florence.
Richard Tupper Atwater (1892–1948) was an American writer and Classics Professor at the University of Chicago. He is probably best known as the co-author of the book "Mr. Popper's Penguins".
Florence Hasseltine Atwater (1896–1979) submitted her husband's original version of "Mr. Popper's Penguins" to two different publishers but it was rejected. She then rewrote parts of the book and this revised version was accepted by Little Brown and published in 1938 to great success.
Ours is 13th impression copy of the first German edition, printed in 1946. Bound in cream boards with blue cloth spine, title etc in blue lettering on front and spine, with a B/W illustration of Mr Popper and his penguin running across both covers. The covers and pages are quite browned, but there is no foxing, and pages are clean. There is some light bumping of the upper corners of the cover. Included with this edition is a short 10-page pamphlet, which contains a German schoolboy's imagining of how Mr Popper's story might continue, made by the publisher to the advertise the translation.