Monday, October 3, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

by Lisa Yee and Dan Santat
Published September 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Today marks my first post as part of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.  I'm very excited!  A big shout-out to Shannon Messenger, who spearheaded this idea on her blog.

First, doesn't the title just grab you?  When I first saw the title, I thought it was a typo or something.  But, the title totally fits Bobby and his personality.  For a fun look at the book here is what the publisher says:

Eight Things Bobby Ellis-Chan Didn't Mean to Do:

* Train his goldfish to do tricks

* Be embarrassed by a football player called "The Freezer"

* Hug a tree

* Get stuck to the tree

* Run for office

* Spill paint all over his best friend

* Starts a fight with his now ex-best friend

* Have that fight become an all0out boys vs. girls WAR!

Who know what will happen next?

Filled with humor and fun family situations, Bobby vs. Girls is a great read.  Bobby tries so hard to be a normal fourth grader, but with a famous father and a girl for a best friend, being a regular kid is just not in his future. 

I really loved the family dynamics in the book, a retired NFL player who is now a stay-at-home dad and a working mom.  A big sister who plays football with the boys and an annoying little sister.   Bobby does his best to forge his own path and learns some interesting and hard life lessons along the way.


For more MMGMs, check out Shannon Messenger's blog and her listing of even more links.