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Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure

Part of Mr. Penguin

by Alex T. Smith

Meet Mr. Penguin: adventurer (and penguin)!

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?

This humorous page-turning story from Alex T. Smith, the author-illustrator of the popular Claude series, is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-120-1
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Page Count: 208
Size: 5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-170-6
Publication Date: 4/1/2020
Page Count: 208
Size: 5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-143-0
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.6
F&P: Q, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 870L
Themes: Adventure, Problem-Solving, Mystery
BISAC 1: JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV045000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books


“Lighthearted and humorous… The two-tone illustrations, in orange and black, are comical and elevate Mr. Penguin’s antics and worries… The short chapters and riotous plot will easily win this series starter fans, especially among Inspector Flytrap devotees.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Slapstick humor and satire combine to create lots of laughs. Memorable, quirky characters are depicted in detailed, intricate illustrations that add to the over-the-top comedy.… Fresh and funny, fans of the author’s “Claude” series will be delighted to meet Mr. Penguin and companions in this new series opener…” —School Library Journal

“Quirky, sharply illustrated… A plot twist and strategic pops of orange among detailed drawings are sure to pull readers along… For fans of the author’s Claude series who are looking for a longer chapter book.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Amusing… Mr. Penguin is delightful….whimsical and silly…a fun and funny adventure.” —Foreword Reviews


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2020

Cybils (finalist, Early Chapter Books) —Cybils, 2019

Top 10 Books for Kids —New York Public Library, 2019

Beehive Award (Children’s Fiction Nominee) —Children’s Literature Association of Utah, 2021

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex 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.