Terrific by Jon Agee
(New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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"Terrific," says Eugene, after winning an all-expenses-paid vacation in Bermuda. "I'll probably get a really nasty sunburn." Unfortunately, Eugene's luck is a lot worse than that. First, his cruise ship sinks, then he ends up stranded on a tiny island. But Eugene isn't alone. There's another castaway, a parrot with a busted wing, who tells him what there is to eat and drink and how to build a sailboat. Cranky Eugene pays attention, and now his luck begins to change.

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Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of a dozen celebrated picture books, including The Retired Kid, Nothing, Milo's Hat Trick, and Terrific (all ALA Notables), along with seven popular books of wordplay, among them, Smart Feller, Fart Smeller. Said Booklist: "In the Olympics of verbal gymnastics, Agee takes the gold.
Published January 1, 2005 by Scholastic, Inc.. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Plainly channeling Jack Benny, middle-aged Eugene responds glumly to various reversals of fortune—after winning a cruise to Bermuda: “Terrific.

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The man and the bird bicker, work together, become separated and end up happily reunited, not an unprecedented story - the theme of a hero awakened out of passivity by an extraordinary sequence of events is in many a novel from "The Phantom Tollbooth" to "The Corrections" - but Agee makes it his ...

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PreK-Gr 2—Eugene's life follows Murphy's Law—if something can go wrong, it will. And when inevitable misfortune falls, Eugene's favorite expression is a sarcastic, "Terrific." So, it's no surprise that when the boy's cruise ship sinks, all the passengers (except Eugene) are rescued, and he finds ...

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