Monday, October 5, 2009
Could there be a better review than this? So fun and spunky and, well, good!
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
by Barbara O’Connor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Ages 9-12
Review by Grier Jewell
Barbara O’Connor has a knack for creating offbeat characters living a few degrees north of normal (but never with cartoonish effect). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis is no exception.
Recipe for this irresistible middle grade novel:
1 very bored boy with a bad eye
1 no good, no account uncle
1 grandmother with an obsessive fear of cracking up
A pack of wild children stuck in a stranded RV
Several mysterious Yoo-hoo boats floating down a creek
1 eccentric girl with wings
Pour into a pan of mad talent and READ!
Though the world of Popeye is far from average, it’s normal as far as he’s concerned. All he needs is a little adventure to break up the boredom of every day tick tick ticking away.
As the title states, this is a small adventure. Small, as in: a spark of genius wrapped up in a tiny childhood treasure. Any world O’Connor creates is one I want to inhabit. Popeye’s is no exception. Get The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. I command you.
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