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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor
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Feb 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: friendship, realistic-fiction
Recommended for: 5th and 6th grade boys and girls
Read in February, 2010

Quirky but endearing characters, a strong setting and authentic Southern dialect make this short novel very enjoyable. The story takes place over the course of just a few days in an otherwise boring summer, as young Popeye learns to take risks and find adventure in unexpected places from his new (and very temporary) friend, Elvis. Oh, and there's a lovable, loyal dog named Boo in it too. Definitely a good read-aloud for 5th graders - it's relatively light and funny, but could generate interesting discussions about poverty, friendship, white lies, and breaking rules. I loved the periodically interspersed vocabulary words! The themes are similar to Barbara O'Connor's other wonderful book How to Steal a Dog. Unfortunately the cover art for this book is unappealing and misleading, which may prevent kids from picking it up.

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