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Mokie and Bik Go to Sea Hardcover – March 30, 2010

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Grade 2–4—Written in a whimsical style that borders on poetry, this second book about seafaring twins tells of preparations for the Bullfrog to go to sea. The children are always underfoot and have the run of the houseboat as their parents prepare to depart. The text is a bit confusing. For example, one passage reads, "Dad didn't want anyone to know he was a parrot. That's why he brought Waggles when he came home…instead of a pirate named Jezebel." The story involves children overboard, adventures with a seal, and fueling up the vessel. Readers have to contend with odd letter substitutions like "botormike," "tortle," and "neagle"; there are exclamations of "illy-ally-o"; and there's ship talk. Frequent black-and-white illustrations add to the zaniness of the fast-paced story. The book packs so much energy that readers will be panting when they finish. Additional.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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In this sequel to Mokie & Bik (2007), Dad has returned from sailing around the world to live with the energetic twins, their mother, the housekeeper, two dogs, and a turtle aboard their houseboat, Bullfrog. Episodes involve Mokie and Bik diving overboard to rescue Waggles the dog, steering Bullfrog toward a barge when it unexpectedly heads out to sea, and going eye-to-enormous-eye with a whale. Studded with invented, twin-speak words and lyrical, rhyming phrases, the text may trip up young readers, but fans of the first book will enjoy the imagery and wordplay. Bean’s high-spirited illustrations add to the fun. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805081747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wendy Orr is a woman whose star has risen. Consider the evidence. Her book Nim's Island becomes a big-budget film with Jodie Foster. Her book Mokie and Bik is widely hailed as hailable (widely). And what's more she manages to wrangle up-and-coming Ezra Jack Keats Award winning illustrator Jonathan Bean into creating the pictures for the latter book. 2008 is now her year of sequels. With Nim at Sea providing fans with a prompt Nim follow-up, she's also cast her Aussie eyes upon the Mokie and Bik world as well. Mokie and Bik Go to Sea isn't going to shock the socks off of anyone who has had the pleasure of reading the original. It just has the same wonderful wordplay. The same free-flowing energy, upbeat characters, and mischievous shenanigans. Even if you somehow missed the first, this early chapter book makes for a brilliant bedtime readaloud. That is, if your tongue is truly up to the challenge.

In true Pippi Longstocking fashion, Mokie and Bik's father returned at the end of their last book to sail their boat the Bullfrog out upon the illy-ally-o. Their pets have increased from the faithful sheepdog Laddie and the turtle Slow to include a Newfoundland pup with the ever-so accurate name of Waggles. Getting everything shipshape in time for the illy-ally-o isn't as easy as it looks, though, and before the twins know it they're underfoot, overboard, rowboating with a whale, and accidentally on an unexpected boat ride all alone quicker than you can say "jiggly heap".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Orr, Wendy. Mokie & Bik Go To Sea. Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. Henry Holt and Company. 2010.

Twins Mokie and Bik who live on a boat return in a second series of adventures: first, their new dog Waggles, a Newfoundland puppy, goes overboard, and the twins follow to rescue him. Many of the words used in this book are original: monkeying, sploshing, fisk, and botormikes are some inventive ones. Some children will enjoy the humor and silliness of creative language; other new readers of this short "first chapter" book may find the unknown words daunting. Many of the phrases are lyrical and playful, "Waggles had: thick black curly hair, a quick licky tongue, big black paddly paws, and A Lot to Learn" and "Mokie swished her net through a cloud of tiny fisk, but the fisk all swicked away". The pen and ink illustrations are lovely, lively and expressive.
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