Meet Mr. Penguin. He has a dashing hat. He has a battered satchel. Now he just needs an adventure!

The Books

Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise

Mr. Penguin and his Adventuring gang board a luxury cruise ship for some much-needed rest and a little entertainment. With Colin, his kung fu spider sidekick, preparing to perform with the Ladies Choir and fish finger sandwiches available twenty-four hours a day, Mr. Penguin isn’t even bothered that he can’t swim and is deeply afraid of water.

But when a series of odd events infiltrates a façade of glamorous parties filled with a who’s who of film stars and politicians, Mr. Penguin can’t help but feel that something shifty is happening on board. And when he befriends a young stowaway with a mystery of her own to solve, he soon finds that Adventures are lying in wait after all.

“Gloriously silly…illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake lend the story a daffy verve, and the short chapters with cliffhanger endings make for a perfect read-aloud…. Ridiculously charming.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there shadowy figures lurking about? And will Mr. Penguin conquer his fear of flying?

“Mr. Penguin’s second caper is as silly as the first… Fans will be happy more adventures are in the offing.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure

He has a dashing hat. He has a battered satchel. He has a packed lunch of fish finger sandwiches. Now he just needs an adventure! So when Boudicca Bones from the Museum of Extraordinary objects calls for help, Mr. Penguin swings into action. Can he and Colin the spider find the museum’s missing treasure before bandits do? Or is this the adventure Mr. Penguin should have never answered?

“Lighthearted and humorous…The short chapters and riotous plot will easily win this series starter fans, especially among Inspector Flytrap devotees.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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The Characters

Mr. Penguin Series Character: Mr. Penguin

Mr. Penguin

Mr. Penguin is a penguin. If you aren’t sure whether he is one or not, all you have to do is look at him. He looks like a penguin. He is all black and white with a little beak and two flappy flippers. But there’s something rather unusual about Mr. Penguin. You see, he isn’t JUST a penguin. He is an Adventurer!

Mr. Penguin Series Character: Colin the Spider

Colin the Spider

Mr. Penguin’s best friend is this spider. His name is Colin. He’s really good at Kung fu, so you’d better watch out! KAPOW!

Mr. Penguin Series Character: Edith

Edith Hedge

That woman with the glasses―she’s called Edith Hedge. She’s Mr. Penguin’s other best friend. The pigeon on her head is Gordon. He doesn’t say much.


Mr. Penguin Series Activity Kit

Join Mr. Penguin as he and Colin solve mazes, make fish finger sandwiches, and more!

Meet the Author/Illustrator

After briefly considering careers in space travel, cookery and being a rabbit, Alex T. Smith finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. Alex lives in England. You can visit his website here