The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That's what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells' Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis J Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That's what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just b...

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Title:The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Author:Barbara O'Connor
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Genres:Adventure
ISBN:The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis Reviews

  • Betsy
    Jul 26, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

  • Allison
    Nov 30, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

  • Becky
    Jan 02, 2010

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

  • Peg
    Feb 25, 2010

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

  • Jeanette
    Dec 17, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

    For me, the best part of this book was the setting. The author mentions that Popeye lives in Fayette, South Carolina, somewhere between Anderson County and Simpsonville. Since I've lived in that area my entire life, I can tell you that there is no Fayette, but the author's description ...

    Popeye lives with his grandmother, Velma (who recites the names of the British monarchs ? in order ? to keep from cracking up), his Uncle Dooley (who accidentally shot him in the eye with a bb gun), and his dog, Boo, in South Carolina. It?s about the most boring place in the worl...

    Barbara O'Connor how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1. Greetings from Nowhere 2. The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis. And, well, that is it because those are the only books I've read by you, yet. To me Barbara O'Connor has this ability to create amazing, vivid, really lik...

  • Megan
    Apr 23, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

    For me, the best part of this book was the setting. The author mentions that Popeye lives in Fayette, South Carolina, somewhere between Anderson County and Simpsonville. Since I've lived in that area my entire life, I can tell you that there is no Fayette, but the author's description ...

    Popeye lives with his grandmother, Velma (who recites the names of the British monarchs ? in order ? to keep from cracking up), his Uncle Dooley (who accidentally shot him in the eye with a bb gun), and his dog, Boo, in South Carolina. It?s about the most boring place in the worl...

    Barbara O'Connor how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1. Greetings from Nowhere 2. The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis. And, well, that is it because those are the only books I've read by you, yet. To me Barbara O'Connor has this ability to create amazing, vivid, really lik...

    Now anyone who knows me, knows I am a fan of Barbara O'Connor. I am also a sucker for a good southern accent and a backwoods setting. This book has backwoods written all over it and this is what I loved the most! My favorite part of the book is the family in the rambling RV. I wanted ...

  • Erin
    Sep 15, 2012

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

  • Ann
    Oct 20, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

  • paula
    Jan 19, 2010

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

  • Kirby
    Aug 31, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

  • Arminzerella
    Feb 15, 2010

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

    For me, the best part of this book was the setting. The author mentions that Popeye lives in Fayette, South Carolina, somewhere between Anderson County and Simpsonville. Since I've lived in that area my entire life, I can tell you that there is no Fayette, but the author's description ...

    Popeye lives with his grandmother, Velma (who recites the names of the British monarchs ? in order ? to keep from cracking up), his Uncle Dooley (who accidentally shot him in the eye with a bb gun), and his dog, Boo, in South Carolina. It?s about the most boring place in the worl...

  • Danielle
    Sep 09, 2011

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

  • Steph Su
    Mar 18, 2014

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

  • Autumn
    Mar 18, 2017

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

  • Grace Lin
    Nov 01, 2009

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

  • M.
    Jul 25, 2013

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

  • Kathy
    Nov 11, 2010

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

  • Barb Middleton
    May 28, 2014

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

  • Kelly
    Jul 28, 2011

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

    For me, the best part of this book was the setting. The author mentions that Popeye lives in Fayette, South Carolina, somewhere between Anderson County and Simpsonville. Since I've lived in that area my entire life, I can tell you that there is no Fayette, but the author's description ...

  • Colby Sharp
    Apr 22, 2012

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

  • Stacey
    May 30, 2017

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

  • Ann
    Sep 27, 2011

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

  • Joe Bolin
    Sep 01, 2011

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

  • Ed
    Dec 05, 2012

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

  • Anna
    Apr 05, 2014

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

  • Carol N
    Nov 05, 2013

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

  • Karen
    Jul 08, 2013

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...

    I really enjoyed discussing this book with my students (3rd and 4th graders). This is only the second Barbara O'Connor book that I've read, but I have to say that I enjoy the way she portrays children. I can't say her characterization of the children feels entirely accurate, but there'...

    For me, the best part of this book was the setting. The author mentions that Popeye lives in Fayette, South Carolina, somewhere between Anderson County and Simpsonville. Since I've lived in that area my entire life, I can tell you that there is no Fayette, but the author's description ...

    Popeye lives with his grandmother, Velma (who recites the names of the British monarchs ? in order ? to keep from cracking up), his Uncle Dooley (who accidentally shot him in the eye with a bb gun), and his dog, Boo, in South Carolina. It?s about the most boring place in the worl...

    Barbara O'Connor how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1. Greetings from Nowhere 2. The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis. And, well, that is it because those are the only books I've read by you, yet. To me Barbara O'Connor has this ability to create amazing, vivid, really lik...

    Now anyone who knows me, knows I am a fan of Barbara O'Connor. I am also a sucker for a good southern accent and a backwoods setting. This book has backwoods written all over it and this is what I loved the most! My favorite part of the book is the family in the rambling RV. I wanted ...

    After I put my son to bed, I jump on the computer and check my email and catch up on the blogs I follow. One of those blogs is Barbara O'Connor's Greetings From Nowhere. Barbara is witty, funny, clever, quirky and oh-so-human (see her Cafe Francais saga), so it is no wonder she can bre...

  • Thomas
    Sep 16, 2012

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

  • Maribeth Tomas
    Nov 24, 2013

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

  • Melissa
    Nov 09, 2014

    American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it's hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that's why I like Barbara O'Connor so much. Fantasy fans are forever searching for the next great American fantasy novel, but I for one am foreve...

    I just read this book aloud to my fourth grade class a second time (new class but the same age group) and it held up very well: still deserves all five stars! This time around, I added a new activity and picked up boxes of Yoo-Hoo at Dollar Tree. The children drank the Yoo-Hoo while I ...

    I don't know anyone who does a better job of leaving white space in a story than Barbara O'Connor. I study her books over and over to help me learn how to weave in backstory and to learn what to leave out. She says so much with spare, perfectly chosen words. I loved this story of Po...

    Seven reasons to love this book: 1. The short lived Spit and Swear Club 2. Yoo-hoo boats 3. Secret messages 4. A dog named BOO! 5. The chronological recitation of the Kings and Queens of England 6. The Holiday Rambler and a whole bunch of mud 7. Popeye, Elvis, Calvin, Prissy, ...

    Barbara O'Connor has quite a gift with words. The cadence of the sentences using repetition, sounds, and great voice, hooked me into the story from page one. Interestingly, not much happens in this story and for an impatient reader like myself it says a lot when I can't put a realistic...

    Sweet. Sweet, and full of mud. That's a nice combination, kind of like T.R. Pearson for kids. Also, any book involving kids and a creek (at least one in which none of the kids drown - I am still not over Bridge to Terabithia) usually gets me breathing a little deeper. Know what I'm say...

    I loved this book. It is the best Barbara O'Connor book yet. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the story. And it all works together...perfectly. And I loved the built-in vocabulary lessons. Readers of this book will be impressing their elders with words like "vicissitud...

    Just finished this quirky, sweet and full of mud children's book on the recommendation of my "books- bud" - Joe. This is a short, funny piece of realistic fiction that plays to both boys and girls. It's set in the small rural town of Fayette, South Carolina and deals with the unexpecte...

    Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stretching out before him. Enter Elvis and his family, whose silver rambler gets stuck in the mud outside Popeye's grandmother's house. Pope...

    My South Carolinian mother and I cracked up at a couple of things: "A Hogstinkin' sack of nothin'? That was a good an insult as Popey ahd heard in a long time. He made a mental note to remember it." and "I swear, if that husband of mine had an idea, it would die of lonliness." Certainl...

    I LOVE this book. A fourth grader kept coming up to me last week, trying to tell what was going on in this book. Every couple of pages he would come up to me, so excited to share what had just happened. By the 24th time he approached me: I had to ban him from talking about this boo...

    Nothing against the writing, or whatever. I just didn't feel like there was much going on at all, even though there was a small adventure and boats with cryptic notes inside. The "small Southern town in America" setting and feel of the book was difficult for my EL410 students to digest...

    If you want to read a book aloud to your child, skip this one. Besides being mostly boring, I felt like the characters were pretty awful examples--they had a "spitting and swearing" club, Popeye was dishonest and disobedient several times to his Grandma (legal guardian) and then tried ...

    Popeye's world expands when Elvis and his eccentric family come to Fayette, SC. Young readers who yearn for adventure may look more closely at what might be possible in their own worlds as they journey with Popeye and his new friend. O'Connor wisely gives enough nonverbal clues so read...

    I LOVE the writing of Barbara O'Connor!! She always brings such wonderful characters and unique situations in her stories. I particularly liked Velma's words to prevent "cracking up" and who wouldn't love YOO HOO!!! ...

    Perfect little gem of a book. Rural south with dysfunctional families and wonderful vocabulary words dropped into the story. Never knew why I wanted to know English royalty in order! ...

    From the size of the actual book (it's just a bit smaller than standard, perfect for smaller hands) to the characters to the storyline and vocabulary words this book is charming, charming, charming. ...

    Great book for obvious character development. Fun story. Would read again with another group. ...

    We loved this book. It is a great read-aloud. The main character learns useful vocabulary words that readers can relate to. The story is sweet and simple and magical in that way the sweet and simple can be when you are young. ...

    Junior Books Project Category: Realistic Fiction Source: Dr. Kimmel This adventure book is great for students between grades 4-6. In this book Popeye lives a boring life in Fayette, South Carolina with his dog, Boo, and uncle and grandma. Popeye does the same boring stuff ever...

    O?Connor, Barbara. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Frances Foster Books. 150 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-37055-8 (Hardcover); $16.99. When one is a young boy in a small South Carolina town, one does not expect big adventures to come h...

    Connor, Barbara. The small adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Popeye is certain that he lives in the most boring place in the world. But one wrong turn and a stuck tire later, Popeye finds that his world just got a lot more interesting. Popeye wakes up...

    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I think about it. I liked it, but I think I am going to continue to like it more and more as time goes by. How do you write a book about nothing? And make it into something? How do you capture South Carolina back country dialect without ma...

    Connor, B. (2009). The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Fiction Choice - Realistic Fiction; Humorous Fiction Starred Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews This is an adventurous and quirky story about a littl...