Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure : Book 1

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From the international bestselling creator of Claude, comes a brand new hero - Mr Penguin, adventurer and penguin.

Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.

It has been weeks since Mr Penguin's last adventure and he's been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings!

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle...

Praise for Alex T. Smith's Claude series:
'Illustrated with humour and elegance.' Sunday Times
'Quirky illustrations with plenty of humour.' The Metro

Claude won the 5-9 young fiction Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Richard and Judy Book Club and is soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in 2017. Alex T. Smith is a World Book Day Illustrator.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 141 x 215 x 14mm | 336g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated in black and orange
  • 1444932071
  • 9781444932072
  • 54,414

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The perfect introduction to mystery stories The Scotsman
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Mystery, adventure and fish fingers collide in the first of a riotously slapstick new series starring a city-dwelling penguin whose igloo nestles rather incongruously * The Bookseller * From the author of the wonderful Claude books, comes a new series with an equally engaging star...The slapstick humour is just perfect for young readers and the hilarious plot is easy to follow...lively black and orange illustrations combine to bring a great story to enthuse young readers * Parents in Touch * Meet Mr Penguin, adventurer and penguin! Right from the start this book from the author/illustrator of the popular 'Claude' series, establishes its credentials as a laugh out loud ripping yarn of high adventure and derring do. The book is beautifully produced with an orange and black colour scheme and Alex T. Smith's lively and witty illustrations adding to the fun. A sure fire winner for the 7 - 10s. * The School Librarian * Miss Bones has a tendency to clasp her bosom; Mr Penguin has a fancy for crabsticks. Both indulgences have to be put on hold as they try to outwit dangerous criminals. * Sainsbury's Magazine * Packed to the gills with quirky and irrevenrant illustrations in black, white and orange. Inspector Closeau mets Indiana Jones. You definitely need to p-p-pick up this Penguin! * South Wales Evening Post (Swansea) * A thrilling adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones . . . loads of humour in both the text and the excellent illustrations and the lovely balance of warmth, wit and mild peril is perfect for children of about seven upwards * The Bookbag * The perfect introduction to mystery stories * The Scotsman *
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About Alex T. Smith

Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the bestselling Claude series, which is published in 16 languages worldwide, and is now a TV show on Disney Junior. Alex's newest series, Mr Penguin, launched in 2017, to widespread praise. Alex's quirky, witty writing and illustrations are instantly recognisable, critically acclaimed and as popular with adults as children. Alex is also widely praised for his work illustrating children's classics: he won Children's Book of the World Illustration Award for his illustrations in a new edition of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians; he has created new art for books by Enid Blyton, Eva Ibbotson and Richmal Crompton. Alex has collaborated with Watership Down author Richard Adams on his last book, Egg Box Dragon, as well as David Almond and Juno Dawson. Alex has won the UKLA Picture Book Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. He has also been the official World Book Day illustrator.
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139 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 44% (61)
4 36% (50)
3 17% (24)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (1)
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