Not sure it stands up to the "praise" and the starred reviews - adults will enjoy this as a read-aloud, it'll need to be book talked for students.
I enjoy the vocabulary Popeye learns from Velma (grandma). And I enjoy the simple repetition, and the presentation of a list:
A motor home.
A big motor home.
Big as a house.
More ferns. (pg 68)
Velma, who doesn't have a caregiver who yells at you for being a bumble head?
This would be a good end of year read-aloud. I reread the author and thought "Fancy Nancy." Both authors have the last name O'Connor but "Fancy Nancy" is Jane O'Connor. Popeye and Elvis aren't "fancy," but Fancy Nancy and her use of fancy words would be a good prior read.
Word choice; prediction;