Published by Hodder Children’s Books
Summary: Mr. Penguin has invested his life savings into a new business: becoming a Professional Adventurer. He’s just beginning to feel nervous about his quiet office when the phone rings. It’s Miss Bones, owner of the Museum of Extraordinary Objects, and she’s on a quest to save her falling-down building. She and her brother have learned there may be treasure buried on the grounds, so Mr. Penguin and his trusty (spider) sidekick Colin go off on their first adventure. They find plenty of it at the museum: an underground jungle, an alligator, and jewel thieves. After more than one narrow escape, Mr. Penguin and Colin manage to solve the mystery, recover the treasure, and get the thieves behind bars. A ringing phone on the final page indicates this won’t be Mr. Penguin’s last adventure! 203 pages; grades 2-4.
Pros: Fans of Dog Man and Inspector Flytrap will enjoy this longer, but just as zany, illustrated chapter book. Filled with plot twists, narrow escapes, as well as a protagonist who’s likely to be a step or two behind the reader, this is a promising start to a new series.
Cons: I wasn’t a huge fan of the illustrations or the black and orange color scheme.