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.
|Not actually the author, in case you were wondering...|
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 allanwoodrow.com
- In prehistoric times, penguins dressed less formally.
- The #5,486th most common cause of injury in the South Pole is accidentally impaling yourself on a penguin beak.
- In some European countries, it is illegal to open a zoo with less than four penguins.
- Pingosus, the ancient God of Penguins, is one of the lesser known gods in Greek mythology, yet no less beloved.
- Penguins are very sensitive under their flippers and also about their inability to fly.
- Some penguins live in the South Pole. Others live in South Poland because they are poor spellers.
- Breaking a mirror is considered unlucky, but breaking a mirror on a penguin is illegal.
- Penguins mate for life. They also check mate for life, which is why most penguins can only play chess once.
- Penguins can’t bowl because their webbed feet won’t fit in the bowling shoes.
- Gentoo penguins can swim four times faster than Michael Phelps. Yet only one penguin has ever won an Olympic medal, in luge.
- Although scientists don't understand why, penguins are mortally afraid of rice cookers.
- A group of penguins on land is a waddle. A group of penguins in the water is a raft. A group of penguins on my foot is painful.
- Penguins have excellent hearing despite no visible ears. They are also excellent pole vaulters despite no visible pole vaults.
- A penguin cannot get cold, but a penguin can get cold cuts at the deli.
- In Brugaria, “The Day of the Penguin” festival is best known for its ceremonial catapulting of dead fish.