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:
- The cast of Mr. Popper’s Penguins talks books over at 5 Minutes for Books.
- Mr. Penguins Penguins movie review and thoughts on the updated book adaptation.
- As a part of the press junket, we were able to get in front of the camera. I detailed the process (with pictures and the video itself) of my on-camera debut at my blog Snapshot.
- Meet the Penguins — I share some interesting facts that we learned from the cast and crew about filming with penguins, casting the penguins and more.
- Jim Carrey, a comic genius and a respected actor
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.