BookWalk: Terrific

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This BookWalk selection has a seriously bad attitude and that’s what makes it so much fun.  Terrific, written and illustrated by Jon Agee, shares the story of a man who firmly believes that if anything can go wrong it undoubtedly will.

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Eugene is a pessimistic fellow.  It doesn’t matter what happens to Eugene.  He always overlooks the positive and wholeheartedly searches for the negative.  When he wins a cruise to Bermuda, he is more consumed with the likelihood of getting a sunburn than with the possibility that he might have a good time.  Reluctantly, Eugene sets sail and finds himself shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted island.

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Eugene finds one resident on this remote island; a parrot.  This is a remarkably intelligent parrot that wins Eugene’s trust and helps him to escape their island prison by showing Eugene how to build a boat.

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After guiding Eugene through the boat-building process, the parrot sets sail with him in hopes of finding civilization.  Sadly, the pair runs out of their food supply and fears that they will perish on the high seas.

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As their hopes are diminished, Eugene and the parrot run in to a fishing trawler and are rescued.  I’ll leave the remainder of the story for your own discovery.  This is a book that you and your young friends will enjoy and there are many teachable moments to be uncovered within its covers.

Let me know what you think of this BookWalk selection.  I’d love to hear from you.


Jon Agee, Author and Illustrator


ISBN – 13:  978-0-439-89541-5

ISBN – 10:  0439-89541-3

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