Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Book? Movie?

June 23rd, 2011 by melissa g

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins,

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You’ve probably heard a lot about penguins recently because the movie version of Mr. Popper’s Penguin’s was just released on June 17, 2011.  The movie is fun to watch but don’t see it instead of reading the book.  If you do, you will miss out on a very special experience. Just because the movie and the book share the same title, don’t assume that the stories are the same.  In fact, they don’t have much more in common than the name Popper and the fact that they’re both about penguins.  I just saw the movie today so let me give you some examples…

In the book:
Mr. Popper is a poor house painter.
He’s fascinated with the Arctic regions and the great explorer who visited there.
The Poppers live in a small town.
Mr. Popper is thrilled when the penguin arrives at his house.
The Popper family lives together.
The penguins have names like Columbus, Magellan and Ferdinand.

In the movie:
Mr. Popper is a wealthy real estate developer.
He knows nothing about the Arctic except that his father visited there.
The Poppers live in the big city.
Mr. Popper does not want the penguin.
The Popper parents are separated.
The penguins have names like Stinky, Loudy and Nimrod.

So, you can see that there are a lot of differences between the movie and the book, but there is actually one important similarity.  In both versions, Mr. Popper’s life is changed for the better after the penguins arrive.  The reasons are vastly different, as is the outcome, but they both show the surprising impact a small creature can have on a human life.  That being said, I still say you need to read the book first! Then, sit back and enjoy a whole new experience when you see the movie.

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