A Mr. Popper’s Penguin Book and Movie giveaway

At 5 Minutes for Books we have a regular column called Books on Screen where we review movies that were made from a book. We generally bemoan the seemingly pointless changes that are made, and occasionally find that we enjoy the movie better than the book.

In the case of the new Mr. Popper’s Penguins movie, out June 17 in theaters, I knew it was completely different. I didn’t know if that was going to be a bad thing or a good thing, because the book is delightful. But guess what? The movie is delightful in a different way. They both feature mischievous penguins living in an unlikely setting (Mr. Popper’s house or his posh NYC apartment), and on screen and in the book Mr. Popper’s life is changed for the better.

The way I see it, we end up with a great book (that hopefully kids will want to read after seeing the movie) and an equally great but totally different movie. Works for me. You have a chance to find out yourselves, because one of you can win a copy of the movie tie-in version of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and a $50 Fandango movie bucks card so you can take your whole family to see the movie.

Curious if the movie is appropriate for your kids or not? I posted my Mr. Penguins Penguins movie review at 5 Minutes for Books last week.

Be sure to check out my Jim Carrey interview, but don’t leave this page until you enter our great giveaway.

I’m sharing some book recommendations from the cast of Mr. Popper’s Penguins over at 5 Minutes for Books today.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win a copy of the movie-tie in version of Mr. Popper’s Penguins (same text, different cover) and a $50 movie bucks card (U.S. addresses only). We’ll announce the winner on June 27.This giveaway is closed.

The winner of the Kohl’s Cares for Kids giveaway is #82 Francine Anchondo.

If you missed any other posts, here they are:

Original post by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing editor Jennifer Donovan, who also manages 5 Minutes for Books, where she loves sharing her experiences with all sorts of stories in all sorts of genres.

Disclosure: Twentieth Century Fox sponsored my travel and other expenses for the Mr. Popper’s Penguins press junket, where I saw the movie and interviewed some of the cast and crew. They have asked me to post about my experience, but my opinions are entirely my own.


  1. says

    This looks super cute! I’m not a huge Jim Carrey fan… I was influenced negatively by Ace Ventura. But one of my all time favorite movies is The Truman Show!

  2. says

    Though it deviates from the book, I would like to see this and show it to my kids if it’s appropriate for their young age…if not…someday!

    • says

      Annette–I gave my opinions on content and the right audience in my review at 5 Minutes for Books.. There wasn’t anything that bothered me, but my kids are older (7 and 12). The penguins are cute and they’ll hold anyone’s attention, but I don’t think a younger preschooler will enjoy it as much as a little bit older kid. But it depends on how many movies your kids see in general. Mine never saw that many as preschoolers.

  3. Carolyn says

    I’d love to win! I love the original – but with your reviews, I think I can handle the shifts!

    • says

      Just remember it’s different and allow yourself to enjoy both! My 7-year-old just read the book, so I’ll be curious to see what he thinks about the changes when we see it this weekend.

  4. Stacey says

    My son and I love to go to the movies at least once a month for our alone time. He wants to see this movie so badly. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. says

    I get to go see an advanced screening tonight and I’m so excited. My kids have never read the book though, so I’d really love to win a copy!

  6. says

    I didn’t read (or actually, hear, since we listened to this one in audiobook format) Mr. Popper’s Penguins until a few years ago when my girls first listened to it. We LOVE it! I’m curious to watch the movie, although I’m usually prejudiced against the screen versions (if they deviate from the original) from the get-go. Sign me up for the giveaway!

    • says

      I’ll sign you up, Amy, but only with the stipulation that you see the movie with an open mind when/if you see it.

      Just kidding, but I really do feel like the spirit is the same, although the specifics are completely different! Since Kyle just read the book a couple of weeks ago, I’m curious to see what he thinks. In fact, I may write up a Books on Screen about it.

  7. Vilmarys says

    I can’t wait to take my niece and nephew to see this. My daughter is still a little too young for this so she will be with her aunty. Thanks for the chance :)

  8. Stacey says

    My son and I always go to see a movie together. It is our time and we both enjoy it very much! This would be wonderful to win.

  9. heather says

    Love Jim Carrey and the book! We even read the story about the hotel concierge in Memphis with the ducks. We are truly animal story lovers.

  10. says

    Not sure how the kids will feel about the movie being different from the book, even in small ways. I’m raising a bunch of purists here :) But we all love penguins – who doesn’t, in their spiffy little tuxes and so happily hopping and sliding around? – and we all love Jim Carey. So sign me up for the give-away and even if we don’t win, I think the movie might make it to the “must see” list for this Gang!

  11. Umpada says

    I would love to win this because my son is always wanting to go to the movies and the prices are so high!

  12. autumn mingee says

    i would love to win this!!! from the first day i seen the previews i told my fiance i wanna see this!!! It looks great!! Plus i LOVE penguins!

  13. Erica Medley says

    This was my favorite book when I was a little kid. I remember exactly where I first read it too. Mrs. Bunch’s third grade classroom.

  14. Jennifer C. says

    My 8 year old daughter has already told her dad that he is going to take her to see that as a special day together. :) The book would be great for them to compare it to.

  15. fuzzball says

    I would love to give both to my step father who is planning on taking his three grandkids (my son and two nieces) to see his favorite book of all time on the big screen!

  16. Raven In A Blue Room says

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway – seen the commercial for the movie on TV and loved it

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  17. Mia Dentice Carey says

    I would LOVE to win this so I could take my son to see this movie!!!!
    We LOVE BOOKS too!

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  19. katklaw777 says

    I am hoping this is going to be a fun family movie…like to have the book and means to see it, thanks sooooooooooooooo much for the chance.

  20. trixx says

    Love to win this for my daughter. We just saw the trailer for it this weekend and definitely will try to catch the flick!


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