A Mr. Popper’s Penguin Book and Movie giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

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.



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1 Krista June 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

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!

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2 Annette W June 13, 2011 at 4:13 am

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!

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3 Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

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.

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4 Satah G. June 13, 2011 at 5:59 am

I would love to win this!

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5 Carolyn June 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

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

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6 Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

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.

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7 Kelli Pike June 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

Both my children think this looks like a hilarious movie so we would love to take them. I plan to get the book and check it out as well.

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8 Jessica June 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

I’d love to win. We are looking forward to seeing this movie.

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9 sheng June 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

That looks so cool, I wanna try reading that book, and wait for the movie. Poppers, and it’s soon!

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10 Christine Jensen June 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

My kids have Been seeing the billboards for thi movie n can’t wait to see it!

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11 shelly June 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

i love this book and can’t wait to see movie version. Thanks 4 chance!

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12 Lisa June 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

Great giveaway – thanks!

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13 Michelle June 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

Thank you for the giveaway!

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14 Christine June 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

I would love this.
Thanks for the chance!

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15 Michelle June 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

My son is so excited about this movie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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16 Debby June 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love Jim carey, and I love penguins. What more to say, but it would be wonderful to win this!

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17 Alison June 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

My daughter has already said 1,000 times she wants to see this movie, she loves penguins!

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18 Stacey June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

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.

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19 Wayne June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great gift prize. Thanks for the opportunity!

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20 Elena Istomina June 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

I would love to win! Thank you for the giveaway!

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21 Jo-Anne June 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

i would love to win this for my daughter she loves penguins.

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22 Kelly June 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I loved Mr.Poppers Penguins as a kid, I would love to win this for my little one!

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23 Alison S. June 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I love this book and am looking forward to seeing the movie.

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24 Jen June 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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!

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25 Kristie June 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

This looks like such a fun movie! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

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26 Amy June 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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!

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27 Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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.

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28 Audrey June 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

It would be nice to go to a movie on a day that isn’t my anniversary. And books for kids for the win!!!

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29 Hailey June 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

My girls can’t wait to see this movie! I would LOVE to win this giveaway!

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30 Mom24 June 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

What a great giveaway! We love the book.

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31 Katie June 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Looks like a fun movie!

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32 Amanda M. June 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

I would love to win this!!! “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” was my favorite book as a kid and I am still in love with penguins to this day!

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33 Some Lucky Dog June 14, 2011 at 2:24 am

The movie looks like fun and i’d love to read the book even if the story is different!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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34 hollowsins June 14, 2011 at 4:15 am

This would be great for the boys-they love Jim…I don’t know why but they do.

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35 Anne June 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

This is such a cute book, my kids loved reading it last year.

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36 vickie couturier June 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

My grandson is such a penguin lover,he cant wait to see this movie
vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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37 Becky M June 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

Great giveaway… would love to win!

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38 Vilmarys June 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

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 :)

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39 Kathy Stevenson June 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

I can’t wait to see this movie with my girls!

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40 Debra June 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

This would be great for me because I could take my grandkids that want to see this movie.

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41 Al June 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I would love to win this for my children.

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42 Brett June 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This is a great gift. My son loves to go to the movies!

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43 Stacey June 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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.

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44 Jessica T June 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

This would be a great win!

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45 Mariah Blalock June 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I have never heard of this but now I am anxiously awaiting the book and movie!!

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46 LaVonne June 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thanks! I Just saw the preview for this and it looks cute.

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47 Kristin G June 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I would love to see this movie!

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48 Idaho Jill June 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I haven’ t read the book or seen the movie – would love to though!

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49 Jennifer June 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I would love to win this!! I have seen the preview for this movie and it looks hilarious and I love Jim Carrey!!

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50 heather June 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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.

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51 The Gang's Momma June 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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!

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52 Linda Kish June 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

This looks like a fun movie.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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53 Terra Heck June 15, 2011 at 5:28 am

I can’t wait to see this movie with my kids. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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54 Grandma D June 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

This would make me a very happy person to win! My grandkids would appreciate it too!

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55 A.Leign June 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

My daughters have been watching the commercials and really want to go see this movie!

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56 Umpada June 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

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

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57 Gibby F June 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

Awesome gift package. I love Carey and I also love penguins!

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58 welcome to our wonderland June 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

my girls have been anxiously awaiting this movie they would love a chance to win the book and movie bucks

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59 Susan J June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Our family can’t wait to see the movie!

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60 Andrea June 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

In honor of our very special penguin-loving 8th grade friend, we are anxiously awaiting Mr. Popper!

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61 Jessica T. June 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

My son would love to see this movie!

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62 Karla E June 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Oh, I would love movie bucks!

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63 autumn mingee June 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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!

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64 Krystal June 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I’d love to see this movie, and read the book too!

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65 Martha C June 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I would love to take the whole family to see this!!!

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66 Kayla June 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I remember this book! I am so excited for the movie and would love a chance to win.

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67 Marlena U. June 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Looking forward to this movie!

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68 Susan P. June 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

My girls and I read this book together a long time ago when they were little. We still have the book.

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69 Megan Earley June 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Really looking forward to re-reading this book and seeing the movie!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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70 nan June 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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71 Daniel M June 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

still a big jim carrey fan!

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72 Melissa P. June 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

I would love to win. I hear the movie is wonderful.

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73 Julie L June 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

love to win -Jim Carrey is a family favorite actor thanks

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74 Ruth Hill June 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Please enter me to win! Thanks!

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75 Staci A June 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

We can’t wait to see the movie! It looks adorable!

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76 Amy F June 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Looks like fun-who doesn’t love penguins?

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77 Erica Medley June 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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.

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78 Dena June 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Love the book – can’t wait to see the movie!

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79 Dee June 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I would love to take my grandkids to see this movie!

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80 Shelly aka allysmama June 20, 2011 at 4:28 am

I’d love to win this!! Family night at the movies would be great!!

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81 Jennifer C. June 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

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.

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82 fuzzball June 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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!

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83 stacy June 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

We are big jim carrey fans. Would love to win this!

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84 Raven In A Blue Room June 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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

Louis
schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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85 Mia Dentice Carey June 21, 2011 at 1:55 am

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

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86 June June 21, 2011 at 4:47 am

I bet the book is really good, cant wait to see the movie also.

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87 Angela June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

This movie looks like it would be really cute, would like to read the book also.

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88 Grandma D June 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This would be a great gift for any family to win. GOod Luck to us all!

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89 Jason June 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

THIS WOULD BE WONDERFUL, I COULD TAKE ALL OF MY NIECES, AND NEPHEW TO SEE THIS. IT SOUNDS SO FUNNY

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90 AL LEIGH June 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I WANT TO TAKE MY GIRLS TO SEE THIS MOIVE. THEY HAVE BEEN ASKING ME SINCE THEY SAW THE FIRST COMMERCIAL.

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91 Brett June 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

great package to win. My son is begging to go see this.

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92 katklaw777 June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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.

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93 Wehaf June 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I loved this book as a kid!

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94 kolpin June 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

i’d love to win…i see 1-2 movies a week!

kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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95 Forgetfulone June 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

My daughter loved this movie, and I can’t wait to see it! I’m going with some friends next week. Would love to win your giveaway.

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96 trixx June 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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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