The setting is in Stillwater. Mr Popper is an old house painter and decorator. No one really knows him, until he gets his penguins. He went from an. Average person that made little money to a very popular man that made thousands of dollars. The penguins area big hit!!! they travel all over in a limo doing really funny tricks. I will not tell you what silly things happen you will have to read this GREAT book to fond out for yourself!!!