Friday, October 23, 2009

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Now anyone who knows me, knows I am a fan of Barbara O'Connor. I am also a sucker for a good southern accent and a backwoods setting. This book has backwoods written all over it and this is what I loved the most!
My favorite part of the book is the family in the rambling RV. I wanted to know them. I thought maybe I did know them. Oh, the characters... Gosh, Barbara is so good at character development. I knew all those characters. I put a face with them in a split second. (Or split page) The NAMES, the NAMES, the NAMES! I am always complaining about authors using obscure character names. These were obscure in a perfectly lovely way.
The book is short. A quick read. Perfect for that reluctant reader that isn't going to pick up a book over 200 pages, even if paid to do so.
Of course there were dogs in this book. But maybe not in the way that you would expect. Knowing a little bit about Barbara O'Connor, this part of the plot just tore me up.
Mrs. O'Connor is such a fan of vocabulary. I see that theme in many of her books. There is no exception here. Does it fit? Maybe. That might be my only complaint. Sometimes I wasn't sure the vocabulary added to the story. However, as teacher I have to view vocabulary building as a good thing no matter what.
I recommend this book to students in grades 3-5.
Way to go, my friend. Homerun! Sorry for the rambling post.

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Barbara O'Connor said...

Oh, wow! Thanks so much for this lovely review, Megan! It means a lot coming from a real book pro who knows kids so well.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Hi Megan, it's nice to *find* your blog! I adore Barb's books, too, for all the reasons you cite. She and I have been email pals for 13 years even though we've never met. She's awesome!

I hope you'll keep a lookout for my upcoming novel with Scholastic next July, THE HEALING SPELL. It's all about da backwoods in the swamps of Louisiana and mysterious traiteurs. :-D