From School Library Journal
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