What You Need to Know:
• Mokie and Bik Go to Sea is a special book. It is truly lyrical, the best that children’s literature has to offer.
• We have placed Mokie and Bik Go to Sea in our Reader JR reading level, a safe place for newly independent
readers. However, it does have some sophisticated/foreign (Australian) vocabulary, so do check in with your young
• Mokie and Bik are quite adventurous. But they live on a boat, and are leading a wholly original lifestyle,so no need to
worry about emulation (I think:).
• From the author of Nim’s Island.
Sweet Book Summary:
Mokie and Bik are two twins who live on a house boat with their parents and Nanny Ruby. They live with a menagerie of animals and are high on adventure, and apparently their distracted, but loving parents and caregiver give them a wide berth. The language Orr uses is beautiful and expressive, it has such energy. It would make a lovely read-aloud, it could almost be sung it is so delightful. It really is amazing what she has done with words, and for an early chapter book no less. No easy feat.
That being said, it might be a bit tricky for a very new reader. If nothing else, the use of what I guess are Austrailian expressions or maybe just Wendy Orr-isms, would be confusing in the hands of the newest readers. Examples include “hissers” – which I believe are meant to denote a cat and “shipshaped” and “alonely”, to name a few. Within the story they make for a very enjoyable expression, but can be confusing. So only give this to your young, confident readers. Otherwise keep it a shared reading experience.
And the illustrations…simply gorgeous. It is like being privvy to someone’s amazing private sketch book.
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