Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)

Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545055956
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 333,474
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Lisa Yee’s novels include Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (an ALA Notable Book); the first Bobby book, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally); and most recently WARP SPEED. She lives in South Pasadena, California, with her family. Please visit her website at

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel SIDEKICKS, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including OH NO! (OR HOW MY SCIENCE PROJECT DESTROYED THE WORLD) by Mac Barnett. He lives in Alhambra, California. Please visit his website at

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Bobby The Brave (Sometimes) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It's not easy having a former pro football player for a father, at least not if you're Bobby Ellis-Chan. Bobby's good at lots of things - skateboarding, being a dog in the school musical, making friends - but football is not one of them! Bobby's already worried that he's not living up to his dad's expectations, but when Bobby gets off on the wrong foot with the new PE teacher things get worse. Mr. Rainerhaus, a big fan of Bobby's dad, announces that they're going to play football in gym. Bobby's toast! Or is he? I'm happy to report that the second installment of Bobby Ellis-Chan's adventures lives up to the first. Bobby's predicaments are relatable and illustrations by Dan Santat add to the humor in the story. Hand this one to fans of Andrew Clements and other school stories. Here's hoping there are lots more Bobby books to come!
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
3rd to 5th. Lisa Yee's engaging chapter book character Bobby Ellis-Chan is back with more family and school adventures. In Bobby The Brave (Sometimes) Bobby is trying to survive gym class, the school musical, and learn how to be with his stay at home, former professional football player, dad. Just as in the first book, readers will enjoy reading of a likeable character from a multi-cultural family where the focus is not on heritage but instead typical experiences and feelings that many 4th grade boys go through. (The exception being that it is unique to have a pro football player father.) Dan Santat's black and white pen illustrations will appeal to contemporary readers. They have comic style about them even though this is not a comic. Librarians will relish being able to hand out a book where the character has mixed heritage and is just exploring and resolving everyday kid issues. This is highly recommended book for public and elementary libraries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
First off, my kids thought this was a great title. And it suits the story well. Bobby is a 9 year-old boy (same age as my daughter) who loves to skateboard and doesn't like to play football because he's not good at it. Problem is, his father is an ex-football pro star, and Bobby's greatest fear is letting his Dad down, especially since his sister Annie is a quarterback of the high school football team and their father's pride and joy. This book was really fun to read to both my kids. It was a little advanced for my 6 year-old son but he got the gist of it and liked the story. It has some funny scenes, themes that most kids can relate to and revolves around school and home. Bobby is a very likable character, who is kind to his younger sister Casey, and whose insecurities and dilemmas are very real. My kids thought Bobby was brave when he handled well the teasing about his asthma attack at school. They learned what it means to have asthma and how serious an attack can be. My kids were satisfied with the ending as all the plot elements were neatly resolved. It was a good change to read a book with a boy's perspective on things. (My daughter is a girly girl.) This is the second book in the Bobby series and I think it will do very well. I also think it's a great father and son read, especially since Bobby's father is a stay-at-home Dad. This was a refreshing change. Altogether, this is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago