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Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 15/5

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T. Smith


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