Thu 8 Oct 2009
Today’s guest reviewer: Rebekah, 10½
Rebekah likes: Books, singing, animals, books, playing her cello (Bernice) and books.
Book reviewed: Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009).
This book was about: A boy, Bobby, who is best friends with a girl, but he doesn’t want anyone to know. Bobby’s female friend, Holly, starts wearing dresses and straightening her hair. He finds out that she is becoming friends with his worst enemy, Jillian Zarr!
The best part was when: Bobby finds out that his pet fish (even though it’s “just a fish”) can do really cool tricks like push a soccer ball into a net with its nose.
I laughed when: Holly walked in on Bobby when he had pink curlers in his hair.
I was worried when: During the class election, Holly and Bobby were running against each other and Holly had really good speeches.
I was surprised when: Bobby hugged a really stinky tree and got stuck to it.
This book taught me: To be happy with what you have. Bobby wanted to have a dog, but he got a fish named Rover instead. At first he was disappointed, but then he realized that Rover was a really cool fish after all.
Other kids reading this book should: Read more of Lisa Yee’s books.
Some words that best describe this book are: Funny, a bit sad, and enjoyable
My favorite line or phrase in the book is: “Bobby sat down and looked at his breakfast — burnt bacon, or maybe it was sausage, and scrambled eggs, or maybe they were potatoes. It was hard to tell.”
“At recess, Jillian Zarr tapped Bobby on the shoulder. ‘I had a lovebird named Rosalie who died last year,’ she said softly. ‘That was a really good poem.’ ‘Thank you,’ Bobby started to say. But Jillian cut him off. ‘Your shirt’s on backward and inside out again, Bobby. Are you so dumb you don’t know how to dress yourself?’”
You should read this book because: Lisa Yee is a great writer.
Thanks for visiting Read, Write, Repeat, Rebekah!
Lisa Yee has lots of great books. She’s has a series of middle-grade books featuring Millicent Min, Stanford Wong and Emily Ebers and a brand-new young adult novel called Absolutely Maybe. What’s your favorite Lisa Yee book?
Want to learn more? Visit Lisa’s Web site. It’s full of fun information about her books and the adventures she has with her small yellow friend, Peepy.
Lisa and Peepy were in Wisconsin recently, speaking to writers and illustrators and lots of school children. See where they went.
Come back often. More kid reviews are in the works.