Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Opening scene: a dramatic chase at the luxurious Golden Pagoda Hotel, where Mr Penguin, the dapper Penguin detective and his team Edith, Gordon and Colin manage to recover a rare artefact from the hands of extremely villainous baddies. But what is this strange stone, and why does Professor Brace-Girdle at Cityville University want it so badly? Still, it’s not for Mr Penguin to ponder: as a paid adventurer, he just does what his clients request.

But when Mr Penguin’s plane accidentally crash-lands near to a mysterious fortress, the game is afoot: will he and his colleagues be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What exactly IS happening inside the fortress, and who on earth is writing these notes about hypnotism all the way through the book?

Alex T Smith’s second book in the charming and hilarious Mr Penguin series is a plunging plane-ride of action and excitement with a very British sensibility that will delight fans of funny illustrated books.

A cross between Poirot and Indiana Jones for younger ones, it’s a great book for reading aloud with all the silly puns, retro names and hilarious catchphrases. Colin the message-writing spider is a particular joy, along with motobike-riding, bumbag-wearing Edith.

More books like this

Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden

Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson

Both loyal Boffin Boy fans, and those discovering the series for the first time, will enjoy this outlandish adventure about a famous female scientist who is planting trees that look disturbingly like people and animals.

Read more about Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden

Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations

Author: Julia Lee

Nancy Parker is back – and the plucky 1920s housemaid has a spooky mystery on her hands. This is a fun and engaging romp that will keep you guessing and clutching at the many clues and revelations along the way.

Read more about Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...