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BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) by Lisa Yee Kirkus Star

BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES)

By Lisa Yee (Author) , Dan Santat (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-05594-9
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

Fourth grader Bobby Ellis Chen is back and just as insecure as ever (Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), 2009). He is sure he is a disappointment to his father, a former pro-football star turned stay-at-home dad.  Bobby can barely throw a football farther than a few inches, and he's even less likely to catch one. He selects the role of the dog in his class’s version of Annie so he won’t have to remember lines and embarrass himself in front of an audience. There’s also a scary, 27-toed neighborhood cat, a pair of dancing goldfish and a furry costume that leads to disaster. Yee’s understanding of nine-year-olds as they carom from highs to lows without any idea of how they got there makes the situations and characters completely believable. Santat’s black-and-white sketches add a lighthearted touch. Bobby is a charmer who will win readers’ hearts as they recognize that he is a good friend, a loving big brother and a talented skateboarder—and that his father is, indeed, very proud of him. (Fiction. 7-10)