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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (401 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara O'Connor Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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For her work in children's literature, Barbara O'Connor has received numerous accolades, including several Parents' Choice honors.

Life in Fayette, South Carolina, is nothing but boring for Popeye. Then an RV crashes in front of his house, depositing Elvis Jewell and his five rowdy siblings on the scene. Elvis likes to make his own adventures and doesn't have much time for rules. This excites Popeye to no end, and soon he befriends this strange visitor.

One day, while playing by the river, the two witness miniature boats carrying secret messages floating with the current, thus inspiring a epic tiny adventure.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Steve | 2/6/2014

    " It's a small book but a cute story. I think kids would like it if they would try it...especially the copies that have a much better cover than this boring one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic. I think this would make a great read aloud (I've used Greetings from Nowhere as a read aloud). I love how Barbara O'Connor captures the simplicity, freedom, and adventure of childhood. The kids in this book are just so endearing. It makes me want to be a kid again. I listened to the audio version, and the narrator is perfect - I laughed out loud as I was walking my dog! I also love the way she weaved vocabulary throughout the story without it sounding contrived. Loved the ending - great text to use for mood, setting, and character. I also admire how she can create poignancy right after something funny. Brilliant. O'Connor is a great author, and I can't wait until her new one comes out - On the Road to Mr. Mineo's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/1/2014

    " This is a really sweet adventure tale set in the dog days of summer in South Carolina. Life is boring in Popeye's town until the Holiday Rambler, a sleek silver motorhome, drives through and gets stuck in the mud. Popeye makes friends with one of the Rambler's occupants, a young boy named Elvis, and never looks at life the same way again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew B. | 1/22/2014

    " i didn't like this book at all it's childish and it was a pick off the shelf and during the middle of the book i wanted to stop reading it but i just finished it instead. i do not recomend this book to anybody because it was not a very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 1/13/2014

    " I wanted to love this book if for no other reason than I really like Barbara O'Connor. Her How to Steal a Dog is one of my favorites, a funny and heartbreaking ethical dilemma. I love her lyrical writing, her themes, and her characters. But not this time. The writing is still suffused with gentle beauty and Southern charm, but the theme and characters both fall woefully short. Popeye, the protagonist, doesn't grow and become a better person for his experiences. Rather, the belligerent, foul-mouthed Elvis prompts Popeye to be disobedient and deceitful. Princess, the Yoohoo-boat builder, is simply odd, what my great-grandmother would have called "touched." Like I said, I really wanted to love this book. My expectations of O'Connor are high. I've always been a little sad to finish one of her books because I've come to love the characters; but again, not this time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayna | 1/10/2014

    " Oh good gracious - this is one of the loveliest and most wonderful children's books I have had the pleasure to read aloud to my daughter. I want to recommend this book to everyone I know with kids - especially if you have boys. Sublime! I dreaded the turn of the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katsok | 1/10/2014

    " I haven't met a book by Barbara O'Connor that I haven't loved. Popeye is sitting around waiting for something to happen. As luck would have it, Elvis and his family come to town. The adventure that follows is wonderful fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquie | 11/26/2013

    " 3.5 My 8 year old really enjoyed this book-seemed a little simple to me-but I'm not 8. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 11/15/2013

    " The book was very good and had very good vocabulary words "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 9/8/2013

    " A fun quirky little story with the great addition of rich vocabulary defined and used in context- FUN. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 7/17/2013

    " I am reading this book by CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley Little | 7/15/2013

    " Love, love, love Barbara's books. This is another gem about family and friends and the surprises that exist just up the creek . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/1/2013

    " Brief but significant summertime friendship between two boys in rural South Carolina. I am becoming a big fan of Barbara O'Connor and her crisp style portraying the lives of children living in poverty. more later "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liana | 6/24/2013

    " It's a pretty good children's adventure bedtime story. (But not for expectant teens that need romance. Like me.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/26/2013

    " A soft, slight story with strong quirky characters. This reminds me of a Richard Peck novel with less plot. Popeye and Elvis and endearing in their friendship but children might not have patience with their wanderings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanyn Gamble | 5/17/2013

    " This is a fun and quirky book. The protagonist is a boy, which usually means we turn it off early on. This kept the girls interested though, with the daily lives of boys in the deep south. There can be an adventure made out of everyday curiosities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 9/29/2012

    " A quirky story about a boy who lives in the hicks with his grandma and loser Uncle. Everyday is boring for Popeye, until a big old motor home gets stuck in the mud next to his property. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/12/2012

    " I prefer How to Steal a Dog, but this one is a fast read and not as emotionally charged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anish Surepeddi | 7/19/2012

    " Has very nice storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afedderly | 4/14/2012

    " Once a trimester I hold a "book club" for my students. Our next selection is The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis! I look forward to seeing what the students think in February!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/24/2012

    " A cute story that would unterest boys who are beginning chapter books. I love how he got the name "Popeye" and I want to join the "spit and swear club". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/13/2012

    " O'Connor has a way of making the moments so real. Her use of description to not only give sense of place, but also characterization, and emotion makes me sigh in wonder. I long to write like this one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/22/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/24/2011

    " Great childrens' book that reminded of my past...when we ran around outside all day without our shirts and made adventures out of whatever we found...the hayloft, the river, bows and arrows, bb guns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/31/2011

    " I'm on a children's book kick! This one wasn't bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquie | 4/28/2011

    " 3.5 My 8 year old really enjoyed this book-seemed a little simple to me-but I'm not 8. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew | 3/8/2011

    " i didn't like this book at all it's childish and it was a pick off the shelf and during the middle of the book i wanted to stop reading it but i just finished it instead. i do not recomend this book to anybody because it was not a very good book.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karilibrary | 2/16/2011

    " In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/16/2011

    " Cute book. Glad I picked it up from our book fair! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/21/2011

    " Thsi may be a "small" adventure as far as middle grade readers go, but it's just right for a summertime story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/19/2011

    " A nice little story that bordered on boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 12/5/2010

    " Great elementary boy book! Ending a little abrupt and the cover is awful!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 11/17/2010

    " This story lacked lots of things. I wanted to know more about Popeye and the Holiday Rambler family. All the characters were woefully underdeveloped. I had lots of questions when I finished this one and felt that it needed about 100 more pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/11/2010

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 11/2/2010

    " 2010 Maine Student Book Award Nominee

    Cute, but not life-changing. I enjoyed all the vocabulary words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neh | 10/27/2010

    " This was a super cool book filled with lots of adventures and troublemaking. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara O

Barbara O’Connor is an author of award-winning novels for children. Drawing on her South Carolina roots, Barbara’s books are known for their strong Southern settings and quirky characters. In addition to six Parents Choice Awards, Barbara’s distinctions include School Library Journal Best Books, Kirkus Best Books, Bank Street College Best Books, and ALA Notables. She has had books nominated for children’s choice awards in thirty-eight states. Barbara is a popular visiting author at schools and a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. She lives in Asheville, NC.

About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.