Mokie and Bik Go to Sea

Overview

Mokie and Bik live on a boat called Bullfrog. Now that their father has come home from the illy-ally-o, the twins are ready to take Bullfrog out to sea. First, though, they need to shipshape!

Soon Mokie and Bik are saving a runaway boat, making friends with a scaredy-seal, and keeping track of a Waggles with A Lot to Learn. Life with the twins is always a rollicky frolicking adventure!

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Overview

Mokie and Bik live on a boat called Bullfrog. Now that their father has come home from the illy-ally-o, the twins are ready to take Bullfrog out to sea. First, though, they need to shipshape!

Soon Mokie and Bik are saving a runaway boat, making friends with a scaredy-seal, and keeping track of a Waggles with A Lot to Learn. Life with the twins is always a rollicky frolicking adventure!

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Editorial Reviews

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“The high-energy twins introduced in Mokie & Bik (2007) enjoy more misadventures as they continue “monkeying up ladders and down ropes” and “soggy sock skat[ing] down the slippery wet deck” of their floating home, the Bullfrog. …As before, Orr’s freewheeling language and Bean’s many, equally lively ink drawings combine to charge each moment of this rollicking nautical slice of life with a special magic.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Studded with invented, twin-speak words and lyrical, rhyming phrases…fans of the first book will enjoy the imagery and wordplay. Bean’s high-spirited illustrations add to the fun.”—Booklist

“Written in a whimsical style that borders on poetry, this second book about seafaring twins tells of preparations for the Bullfrog to go to sea. …Frequent black-and-white illustrations add to the zaniness of the fast-paced story. The book packs so much energy that readers will be panting when they finish.”—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The twins are back in another wild adventure complete with clever and inventive language. With their father home from sailing on the illy-ally-o, life aboard the Bullfrog is never dull. Mokie and Bik help to get the boat shipshape for a voyage, rescue Waggles when he falls overboard and "scrabble paddled straight out to sea," save the Bullfrog when Dad is accidentally left behind on the wharf, pluck a bottle from the water that does not hold a pirate's treasure map only "stinky salty slime," and make friends with a scared seal. The clever word play and tongue-twisting language may be troublesome for young readers, but read aloud the rhythmic tale moves along like a swift ocean breeze. The pencil sketches are as energetic and whimsical as the tale itself. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- Written in a whimsical style that borders on poetry, this second book about seafaring twins tells of preparations for the Bullfrog to go to sea. The children are always underfoot and have the run of the houseboat as their parents prepare to depart. The text is a bit confusing. For example, one passage reads, "Dad didn't want anyone to know he was a parrot. That's why he brought Waggles when he came home...instead of a pirate named Jezebel." The story involves children overboard, adventures with a seal, and fueling up the vessel. Readers have to contend with odd letter substitutions like "botormike," "tortle," and "neagle"; there are exclamations of "illy-ally-o"; and there's ship talk. Frequent black-and-white illustrations add to the zaniness of the fast-paced story. The book packs so much energy that readers will be panting when they finish. Additional.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

Kirkus Reviews
The high-energy twins introduced in Mokie & Bik (2007) enjoy more misadventures as they continue "monkeying up ladders and down ropes" and "soggy sock skat[ing] down the slippery wet deck" of their floating home, the Bullfrog. Here their father, newly returned from sailing the "illy-ally-o," rows to the rescue when the Bullfrog is accidentally cast adrift, then takes the whole extended family out of the harbor and off to a beach for a cozy clambake. As before, Orr's freewheeling language and Bean's many, equally lively ink drawings combine to charge each moment of this rollicking nautical slice of life with a special magic. Climaxed by the sudden onboard arrival of a seal being chased by a "normous, scormous, eeenormous" orca, the breezy outing will have readers both exclaiming "Barnacle Bells" right along with Bik and his beleaguered dad and wishing they too could sail on the illy-ally-o with this adventuresome clan. (Fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081749
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,116,832
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

WENDY ORR has written more than twenty children’s books, including Nim’s Island. She lives on a dairy farm in Australia with her family.

JONATHAN BEAN has a master’s degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has illustrated several books for young readers, including Mokie and Bik. He lives in New York City.

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