Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi

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Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi

Written by Phyllis Shalant

Illustrator: Anna Vojtech 164 pages

Book Reviewers: Timothy Bushey and Jacob Putnam

Jim, Bartleby, Davy, and Mom are the four main characters in this new book. Bartleby is a turtle but the other characters are human. Davy, Jim's little brother, likes playing with Bartleby but Jim doesn't like him to do that. One day, Jim wants to play Monopoly with his friends and he doesn't want Davy to play. As a choice, Jim's mom suggests that he should just let Davy play with Bartleby instead, and Jim agrees. That's where the story really starts.

Well, the problem is that Davy throws Bartleby out the window and into the pond outside. Then, he forgets about him being there. Bartleby keeps thinking that Davy will come and rescue him, but he never does. So, he has a new life now.

To solve the problem, Bartleby meets a new friend. The friend's name is Mudly. Mudly is also a turtle so he teaches Bartleby to hunt so that he can survive. Bartleby also makes a really strange friend, an alligator who used to live in the Mississippi River. Ssszeer is the alligator's name and we thought the best part of the book was when Ssszeer got hit by a car. We were both really worried about him, but we liked that part of the book because he didn't die. …

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