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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (edition 2011)

by Barbara O'Connor

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Title:The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Authors:Barbara O'Connor
Info:Square Fish (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:jfic, contemporary, South, friendship, mystery

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This was a decent book that stands out for three reasons. First, the language in the book is simple and often times repetitive. Along with this, there are also many sounds that are described through the text, which helps immerse the reader in the setting by not only providing a visual description but an auditory description as well. This is demonstrated from the first few pages. One example of a visualization through repetition is on page 9 when the dog's tail is wagging "Back... And forth. Back... And forth." An example for the auditory description through repetition is on page 1, which reads, "DRIP. Drip. Drip. Popeye opened his eye and looked up at the heart-shaped stain on the ceiling of his bedroom. Rusty water squeezed out of the hole in the peeling plaster and dropped onto the foot of his bed. Drip. Drip. Drip." The second reason I liked this book is the plot. There aren't any huge events that take place and this truly is a "small adventure." This is the simple story of two friends who are seeking fun over their summer break. Lastly, I liked this book because of the layout of the chapters. The chapters are all very short and this will make for good discussion points if the book is being read aloud to a class. There is also a vocabulary word that is defined explicitly in almost every chapter. The formal definition is written on the same page the word is used so the reader can learn the definition and the context of the new vocabulary word. The overall message of this story is to seek adventure and promotes friendship. ( )
  gregclemens | Mar 13, 2017 |
already ordered... look at all those awards, but no Newbery... Newbery surely does emphasize historical fiction... If I ever finish the Newbery project in the Childrens' Books group, I'll have to choose another award to cover....

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A small book, a small adventure... but a big impact. The other reviewers are speaking from the heart - I won't try to convince you to read this but refer you to them, instead. I will comment only on the wonderful way O'Connor gives word nerds their fix. The very first vocabulary word, vicissitude, is one I've never bothered to look up, and so didn't realize until now just what it means. And there are insults, cussing, rhymes, puzzles, and metaphors galore. Not to mention plot, setting, characters, etc. How O'Connor manages to get so much accomplished in such a short book astounds me. I'll look for more by her.

[Her] wrath still hovered in the air like a swarm of hornets."" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Small-town South Carolina life is pretty routine for Popeye until he discovers the silver RV camper stuck in the ditch, and meets the family living there: Elvis and all his brothers and sisters. Popeye and Elvis seek a "small adventure" apart from the little ones and find it in the mysterious Yoo-Hoo carton boats floating down the stream. Who's making these boats, where do they come from, and what's the meaning of the strange notes attached? Barbara O'Connor brings the rural South alive on the page once again. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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  sydneykroll | Nov 8, 2015 |
SOUTHERN FLARE, Poorer side of some southern families, move around a lot. What is a friend? adventure story- This story is hard to put down. Fourth and above
  LauraNelson | Jul 24, 2015 |
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Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. He’s so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.
 
With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, Barbara O’Connor’s newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find one’s own adventures.

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In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.… (more)

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