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The Curse of the Werepenguin (Hardcover)

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A hilariously scary tale of a teenage orphan who just wants to have a family to call his own, and will go to any lengths to find them – even far, far away to another land. This story has everything – a power hungry Baron, tidy bandits, a fortune teller and two very, very brave teens. But beware, you may not want to read this on any night with a full moon!

— Terri

Beware the penguins! Something’s afoot at Chordata Manor—a house that holds a dressed housekeeper and a freakishly tall fish-reeking monster—where orphan Bolt is sent to live. I penguin plunged into this mystery that had everything I ever wanted for a good read: heart, plenty of funny moments, and fish sticks! Read this book—take that as an order from me and Bolt!


"Young Frankenstein meets The Princess Bride in the most hysterically hilarious book I've read in years."--Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author

All orphan Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria sends for Bolt, he wonders if he's getting closer to finding his long-lost parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn't get any worse . . . until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn't get worse-- nope, wait, they get a lot worse. With the help and hindrance of a plucky girl who just might be the world's greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can't stop cackling, Bolt's on a quest to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest--and funniest--middle-grade novel you've ever read.

About the Author

Allan Woodrow is the author of many books including The Pet War, Class Dismissed, Unschooled, Field Tripped, and now, inspired by Dracula, old werewolf movies, Young Frankenstein, and an odd affection for fish sticks, The Curse of the Werepenguin. When Allan isn't writing, or noshing on breading-coated seafood, he's often presenting to schools, libraries, and conferences. You can learn more about Allan at

Scott has produced work for television commercials, magazines, toys and comics. He spends his free time at his drafting board working on creations of his own. Originally from the seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Scott currently resides on the South-west gulf coast of Florida (he can't stand living too far from the ocean) with his wife, two daughters and a rather affable pug named Linus Van Pelt.

Praise For…

"Young Frankenstein meets The Princess Bride in the most hysterically hilarious book I’ve read in years." —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A bonkers delight that will make you laugh out loud." —Adam Rex, New York Times bestselling author

"Delightfully wacky, cleverly absurd, and frighteningly hilarious. This book is so much fun you’re guaranteed to have a blast reading it!" —Chris Rylander, New York Times bestselling author

"This series opener's overall outrageous sense of humor has a high appeal. As irreverent, sarcastic, and strange as murderous, barking penguins." —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451480446
ISBN-10: 0451480449
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Pages: 352
Series: Werepenguin