Mokie and Bik

by Wendy Orr and Jonathan Bean

A delicious romp reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking features twins Mokie and Bik,... read more

A delicious romp reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking features twins Mokie and Bik, who live on a houseboat. Wendy Orr’s account of the duo’s over-the-top escapades on and around their home is rife with language play. Their seafaring dad is a “parrot with a pirate on his shoulder,” their busy mom spends time “Arting,” and their nanny, Ruby, sings songs about the “illy-ally-o.” The twins have a “saggy, shaggy, long licky-tongue” dog named Laddie, and a “tortle” named Slow. From the fisk in the ocean to the botormike on which their mother rides off for a day of painting, the rollicking twists and turns of phrase never stop, nor do Mokie and Bik, who go from one unlikely adventure to another before Orr brings their tale to a satisfying conclusion. This short chapter book will make a terrific read-aloud, or independent reading choice for children in early elementary who are proficient readers. (Ages 6–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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