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The Curse of the Werepenguin
By (author): Allan Woodrow
9780451480446 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Horror Aug 13, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.12 in 352 pages Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
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.

HILARIOUS SERIES: Stay tuned for Book 2, The Revenge of the Werepenguin, coming in 2020.

GOTHIC HORROR MEETS SLAPSTICK COMEDY in this funny and spine-tingling transformation tale about a boy who turns into a werepenguin.

HILARIOUSLY SURREAL SATIRE: Middle school is when kids discover satire. This book is perfect for every kid who loves movies like The Princess Bride and the work of Mel Brooks, quotes Monty Python incessantly, and sings along with Weird Al’s latest song.

HUMOR IS HUGE for middle grade—it never goes out of style! An ideal read for fans of wacky adventures by authors like Dav Pilkey, Trenton Lee Stewart, Ursula Vernon, Andy Griffiths, Christopher Healy, and Caroline Carson.

GREAT PARENT-KID READ: Like recent Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks movies, there’s enough sly humor that will keep parents entertained as well as kids.

ARTWORK THAT TICKLES YOUR FUNNY BONE: Scott Brown’s spot art throughout adds to the humor and makes this perfect for emerging readers.

PROLIFIC AUTHOR: Allan Woodrow is an award-winning author of many funny books for middle schoolers under his own name and multiple pseudonyms. He has written a plethora of Cartoon Network books for Penguin Workshop, as well as Nat Geo and others.

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

Author Residence: Vernon Hills, IL

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.

Illustrator Residence: Gulf Coast, Florida

Illustrator Hometown: Gloucester, MA

Marketing: 5-copy counter display


$89.95 ($119.95 CAN)

National media campaign

Consumer advertising campaign

Promotion at select consumer festivals

Major online promotion and social media outreach

Promotion at national school and library conferences

Librarian and educator outreach

“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

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