Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson

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Title: Jacky Ha-Ha

Author: James PattersonChris Grabenstein, and Kerascoët (for the Illustrations)

Publishing Date: March 21st, 2016

Rate: 4 of 5

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I love these kinds of books—those set in the middle school. I don’t really know why. I loved this book. Why?

First off, the illustrations. I am a sucker for illustrations especially those doodly looking ones that the book has boasted. I think I really am a wee child at heart. Also, the story isn’t really childish. It tackled the joys and fears of having a large family, a parent that’s away, being the middle child, struggling for approval, etc. It sure is kind of tackling mature stuff for a children’s book—which is why I loved it! It has all the elements of a children’s book but somehow not. (Do I make sense? Anyway…) I actually dreaded ending the book. Like, I just wanted it to stretch on to forever. And please. Don’t get me started on the fact that it was set in 1990. Although, to be honest, I wish the author played on about that much more. There were times that I forgot why Jacky wasn’t able to just call his father—and THEN I remembered, Oh right it’s 1990. So yeah, that’s just one downside I saw to it. But otherwise, I loved it! I am actually set out to find more books like this. That’s how I loved it.

It’s so humorous and lighthearted that it just paints a beautiful window on Jacky’s childhood and how it has affected his adult life, too. Check it out, guys!