I just finsihed an e-galley of Mr. Poppers Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater. And I remember why it is one of my favorite childhood books. Not just because Miss Jasper read it aloud to us in 3rd grade (Thank you, Miss Jasper) but because it is so well written.
Easy to understand-full imagination in flight- I can just see those penguins sliding down the basement stairs- but just lovely sounding passages.
Yes, Mr. Popper and Mrs. Popper are a bit old fashioned (apparently neither of them has a first name) but they seems to get along well enough. And it was written in the 1930's. I have not seen the recent movie adaptation. Hard to guess what Jim Carey will bring to the story.
Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media (http://www.openroadmedia.com/authors/richard-and-florence-atwater.aspx) for the chance to re-visit a time when things were a lot easier and Admiral Drake was the biggest guy in the room (at least, per the illustration.) This book deserves a re-read or a first read.