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Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise
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Paperback Coming Fall 2021

Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise

Part of Mr. Penguin

by Alex T. Smith

When Mr. Penguin boards a glitzy cruise ship, he quickly discovers the boat is bound for dubious straits. From Alex T. Smith’s delightfully wacky detective series!

“Gloriously silly…. Ridiculously charming.” —Kirkus Reviews

Dashing detective 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 by the fact 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, he soon finds that adventures are lying in wait.

This third installment in the wacky, page-turning series from Alex T. Smith (Claude) is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure and major laughs. Black and white illustrations throughout. eBook available.

Also by Alex T. Smith:
Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure
Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

Claude at the Beach
Claude on the Big Screen
Claude at the Circus
Claude in the Country
Claude in the City
Claude on the Slopes
Claude in the Spotlight

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-213-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2020
Page Count: 288
Size: 5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-330-4
Publication Date: 9/1/2021
Page Count: 288
Size: 5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-266-6
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: Q, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 890L
Themes: Adventure, Problem-solving, Mystery
BISAC 1: JUV001000  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 2: JUV002380 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Penguins
BISAC 3: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories


“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

“Think Indiana Jones adventure with an Agatha Christie twist and you have the zany antics of Mr. Penguin and company. The story features a cast of endearing characters and a writing style that walks the line between funny and zany. With illustrations offering complementary, but just as wacky, details for younger readers, this title will still appeal to adult readers as well…. A great addition to a library or home bookshelf.” —School Library Connection


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate)— Kansas National Education Association, 2021

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex T. Smith

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.