Reviewed for Second Grade, 2007

This story of a humble house painter who receives a surprise package straight from the South Pole is one of the funniest early chapter books we've ever read. Kids will delight in the mayhem that ensues as a pack of penguins takes over the apartment-- tobogganing down the kitchen stairs, building nests in the icebox, and skating around the snowdrifts that have formed in the cellar. A truly silly story-perfect for this age group, but also a great jumping off point for discussions about early exploration and discovery at Antarctica. (Little, Brown Young Readers, $6.99)