Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T. Smith

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1
Hachette Children's Group
United Kingdom
10 July 2018

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T. Smith

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…


Mr Penguin of Cityville is a clever and spirited penguin looking for adventure. Everyone knows that any self-respecting professional adventurer has a trusty side-kick; in Mr Penguin’s case it’s Colin – a spider in a bowler hat who’s terrific at delivering ferocious Kung Fu kicks when necessary! Unfortunately, when this awesome duo accepts the urgent (and dangerous) case to find the museum’s lost treasure, things go awry.

I loved this wacky Indiana Jones-esque tale of derringdo, adventure and friendship. It’s got an outlandish, fast-paced plot with a terrific twist in the end, delightful characters, dastardly villains and a lovable hero. Lots of energetic black-and-white line illustrations (with spots of colour) bring an extra layer of fun to a story that will have readers laughing.

The creator of the much-loved Claude books has done it again! This is the first book in another madcap adventure series guaranteed to keep young readers turning pages. Highly recommended for readers aged 7+.

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.

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