Mokie and Bik

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“Twins!” their mother shouted, because the lines of her Art jiggled and jarred when Mokie and Bik played bumpboats. “Get out from underfoot!”

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From Mokie & Bik:

Mokie and Bik lived on a boat called Bullfrog. They lived in it, on it, all around it—monkeying up ladders and down ropes, over the wheelhouse and across the cabin floor.

“Twins!” their mother shouted, because the lines of her Art jiggled and jarred when Mokie and Bik played bumpboats. “Get out from underfoot!”

So Bik bumped Mokie out the door—splat!—into nanny Ruby’s bucket as she was sploshing the deck.

“Twins!” shouted Ruby. “Get out from underfoot!”

So they sunned like seals on the wheelhouse roof for about twenty hours till Ruby finished sploshing.

 

Meet a pair of twins that will monkey their way into your heart!

Mokie is bigger but Bik is faster. They are twins, and they have a nanny Ruby that looks after them while their mom is Arting and their dad is on his ship at sea.

Whether they’re helping Erik the Viking splosh his decks or learning to swim fast as fisk, these two are always overboard or underfoot!

Rambunctious and charming, Mokie and Bik are a pair you won’t soon forget. Wendy Orr’s buoyant language and Jonathan Bean’s gorgeous, detailed pen-and-ink illustrations blend together in a book that is destined to become a classic.

 

Mokie and Bik is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wonderful stupendously blunderful read aloud: full of delicious word play that will delight listeners, with art reminiscent of Edward Ardizzone."

—ELLEN FADER, Youth Services Coordinator, Multnomah County Library and ALSC Immediate Past President

"This set of splishy-splashy episodes will itself draw waggles from easy-reader graduates and read-aloud audiences in general."

Kirkus Reviews

"Orr's colorful use of language brings energy to the story. The many crosshatch drawings are often graeful and always appealing. A lively, unusual choice for young readers."

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Orr's (Ark in the Park) energetic if uneven tale introduces Mokie and Bik, feisty twins who live on a boat, where they are "always overboard and underfoot" and constantly "yabber jabber yackety gabber" in a dialect that only their nanny can understand. Their mother, a painter, is often "Arting" in the wheelhouse or riding her "botormike" and their captain father is off "illy-ally-o-ing" on his "ship-at-sea with clouds of sails." Though the narrative provides definitions for some of the twins' jargon, readers must decipher most of their jabbering, which kids may find off-putting. In passages filled with wordplay that ranges from witty to inane, the author chronicles the youngsters' harbor-side adventures. Mokie and Bik help a fisherman unload his catch of "fisk," after which they come home smelling like "icky sticky fisky bits" and their nanny "rub-a-dub-dubbed" them clean. Bik rescues Mokie by rowboat when his sister falls in the water while she "scotch-hopped" on the wharf. The fisherman ties ropes around the kids' middles to teach them to swim "fast as fisk" and Bik has a tug-of-war with a "normous scormous eee-normous fisk" that eventually pulls his rowboat back to the wharf. Making his chapter book debut, Bean contributes black-and-white illustrations that have a timeless feel and comically convey the siblings' mischievous spirit. Ages 7-10. (June)

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Gr 2-4
Mokie and Bik are fraternal twins who live on a houseboat. "They lived in it, on it, all around it, monkeying up ladders and down ropes, over the wheelhouse and across the cabin floor." They live with their artist mother and their nanny, Ruby, while their father is on his ship at sea. This active pair are "always overboard and underfoot," and Ruby uses a boathook to fish them out of the water. The twins have a colorful language all their own-cats are "hissers," fish are "fisk," potatoes are "tatties," and their Mum is always "arting" or "botormiking." Orr has created a memorable tale with vivid characters reminiscent of those in the "Pippi Longstocking" stories. The author has infused her tale with whimsical language ("Erik was humph, grumph mumphry thundercloud grumpy," and seagulls go "squawk wawk rawking") that will both surprise and delight listeners and confident chapter-book readers. Bean's pen-and-ink drawings and colorful cover capture the exuberant spirit of the twins and splendidly match their energetic adventures.
—Carole PhillipsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
With their father "illy-ally-o-ing" on a salty sail around the world and their mother busy "Arting" up in the wheelhouse of their floating home, the Bullfrog, twins Bik (the faster one) and Mokie (the bigger one) are left to "slip slide slipper" their way over the docks in search of adventures large and small. Bean's line drawings adorn nearly every page of Orr's rollicking, fancifully worded narrative with close-up scenes of the lad and lass monkeying about under the not-always-watchful eyes of their industrious nanny Ruby, their shaggy old "sleepdog," Laddie, and stout "fisk"-catching neighbor Erik the Viking. Ending with the triumphal return of their long-awaited Dad, bearing a "soggy waggly scrabbly shaggy licky round black waggles" to keep Laddie company, this set of splishy-splashy episodes will itself draw waggles from easy-reader graduates and read-aloud audiences in general. (Fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805079791
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.52 (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’s illustrated several picture books, but this is his first chapter book.

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Overboard or Underfoot

Mokie and Bik lived on a boat called Bullfrog. They lived in it, on it, all around it—monkeying up ladders and down ropes, over the wheelhouse and across the cabin floor.

"Twins!" their mother shouted, because the lines of her Art jiggled and jarred when Mokie and Bik played bumpboats:

bump thump rumpboats up and down the wheelhouse,

bump thump rumping from the steering drawers to the bouncy bunk,

mump clump gumping from sleepdog Laddie to the potbelly hotter.

"Get out from underfoot!"

So Bik bumped Mokie out the door—Splat!—into nanny Ruby's bucket as she was sploshing the deck.

"Twins!" shouted Ruby. "Get out from underfoot!"

Bik and Mokie monkeyed up the wheelhouse.

"Shh," said Mokie. "Mum's still Arting."

So they sunned like seals on the wheelhouse roof for about twenty hours till Ruby finished sploshing.

"Let's," said Mokie.

"Yes!" said Bik.

They monkeyed off the roof to the slippery wet deck, slip slide slippering in soggy socks, skate chase racing up to Bullfrog's bow—Mokie was bigger but Bik was faster—and Bik balanced on his sliptoes at the very front point.

Mokie slip slid slippered back down the deck, skate chase racing past the wheelhouse, slip slide slippering down to Bullfrog's stern, to balance on her sliptoes at the very back rail.

"Yo!" shouted Mokie. Slow the tortle pulled his head in tight.

"Ho!" shouted Bik. Ruby stuck her head out the galley hatch.

"Be careful!" she shouted, because that's what nannies have to say.

"YO-HO!" shouted Mokie and Bik.

Slip slide slippering up and down the deck, crashing in the middle, thump bump crunch—Bik was faster but Mokie was bigger.

"Barnacle bells!" shouted Bik as he flipped over the rail—Splash!—into the sea.

"Twin overboard!" shouted Ruby, jumping out the hatch, snatching her boathook,

and fishing Bik out by his overalls strap.

Mokie and Bik were always overboard or underfoot.

Everyone Who Lived on the Bullfrog

Mokie and Bik's father had a ship-at-sea with clouds of sails on five tall masts and a brrr-ooping broop for fog, and he salty sailed across the world.

He'd been on his ship-at-sea so long sometimes Mokie and Bik couldn't remember when he lived on Bullfrog.

"He's a parrot," said Bik. "He'll come home with a pirate on his shoulder."

"And treasure on his chest," said Mokie.

"He'll give me the pirate," said Bik. "I'll name it Jezebel."

"He'll give me the treasure," said Mokie. "I'll buy a botormike."

Mokie and Bik's mother had a botormike, with a little boat on the side. Sometimes, if Mokie and Bik were good as good as gold, she took them in the sideboat, roaring brrr-oaring down the road, wind knots in their hair, dust in their eyes, and spitting out flies.

But usually she just took her easel and her Art and sometimes Laddie. "Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies," she said when they asked where she was going.

Ruby looked after Mokie and Bik when their mother was botormiking or in the wheelhouse Arting. Rubies are like red diamonds. Mokie and Bik's Ruby had red hair and lots of songs but no diamonds.

"Hi, ho, the illy-ally-o!" Ruby sang when she put on the kettle for breakfast, and "I'se the bye that builds the boat, I'se the bye that sails her," when she polished Bullfrog's big brass bell and whatumacallits.

At bunktime when she hung her hammock in Bullfrog's cabin, Ruby sang, "Now her ghost wheels her barrow."

The song ghosted through the galley, wheeled past the engine room, and barrowed into Mokie and Bik's cabin where their bunks pointed like an arrow at the very V of the bow.

Mokie and Bik's bunks had portholes over them to see the sea and drawers underneath to pull out like steps to monkey up at bunktime.

When the sea was calm, Bullfrog rocked them gently like a cradle. When the sea was wild, Bullfrog rollicked them—thump clunk overbunk—to the floor.

"Twins!" shouted Ruby. "What are you doing?"

"We overbunked!" shouted Mokie and Bik.

Ruby knew what Mokie and Bik were saying when nobody else did. She knew that cats were hissers because the cats on the wharf sss sss hissed at Laddie. Fisk were fish, potatoes were tatties, and the illy ally o was a faraway sea.

"What are you yabbering about, Twins?" their mother would say, but most of the time Mokie and Bik were just with each other, and Ruby, and Laddie and Slow, and they could yabber jabber yackety gabber as much as they liked.

Copyright © 2007 Wendy Orr

This text is from an uncorrected proof

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