Friday, May 4, 2012

The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis

The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis
Barbara O’Connor
Frances Foster, 2009
$16.99, Hardcover
April 12th, 2012

Genre: Realistic
Age: 8+
Description: Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. Popeye’s whole life has been boring. Things start to look up when the Jewell’s RV gets stuck in the mud and Popeye meets Elvis, the eldest boy. Elvis takes Popeye out of his comfort zone by going on a mini adventure when the boys discover small notes in boats made out of Yoo Hoo boxes floating down the creek by Popeye’s house. Defying his grandmother, Popeye and Elvis go downstream and discover the maker of the boats—the oddball Starletta. Eventually the RV gets out of the mud but now Popeye, while he’ll miss Elvis, has made a new friend and he’ll give adventures to someone else by putting his own notes in boxes and sending them down the creek.
Opinion: I picked this book up (despite hating the cover—no tween will pick up this book with this hideous cover) because I thought I recalled reading good reviews about it when it first came out. The book, to me, doesn’t get any better past the bad cover—it was stupid simple and horribly boring.

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