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BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) by Lisa Yee

BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY)

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

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-05592-5
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

Fourth grade was supposed to be the best year ever, but when do events ever go according to plan? Usually starting with good intentions or, at the least, blind thoughtlessness, Bobby careens from one disastrous mess to another. Many of these situations involve the boys-against-girls mentality that makes for normal behavior in nine-year-olds. He and his best friend Holly know that they can’t be seen walking to school together, and they are pulled further apart by peer pressure, even running against each other for class office. Add to these woes a working mom, a famous dad who cooks inedible meals and a pet goldfish who can do tricks. Yee really understands children’s thought processes and presents them with tact and good humor. Bobby’s dilemmas and adventures, however wild and out of control, remain totally believable. Santat’s drawings manage the fine line between cartoon and realism and add dimension to the events. Readers will recognize themselves and learn some gentle lessons about relationships while they are laughing at the antics. (Fiction. 7-10)