Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee, illustrated by Dan Santat
In this second installment of books about young Bobby Ellis-Chan. Bobby is a fourth grader with a working mom, a stay at home dad/former professional football star, a little sister who is obsessed with princesses, and an older sister who is the starting quarterback for her high school team. Bobby is feeling a little un-special these days.
When he overhears part of conversation between his dad and older sister, he feels even worse. Could his father really think they aren't alike at all? Especially since he is not great at football, and really doesn't care for the sport anyway. Bobby would much rather be learning tricks on his skateboard.
Bobby is excited to land the part of Sandy the dog in his class performance of the musical "Annie." But when an asthma attack interrupts the performance and his dad rushes to the rescue, Bobby is even more embarrassed. Will Bobby be brave and tell his dad how he feels?
What I Thought
Oh, I love Bobby! In his first book, Bobby takes on the girls, and in this book he takes on himself! I love how Bobby feels kind of unappreciated and unsure of himself throughout this book, only to find out he isn't the only one that feels unsure.
I also really appreciate about this book is the strong family unit with the stay at home dad. With this becoming more common, I am glad to see some children's literature with this family dynamic.
Bobby suffers from asthma attacks, and this book includes a great explanation on what asthma is and how it feels like to have an attack.
A fantastic story, and I'm looking forward to the next book about Bobby!
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