10th July '17
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Mr. Patterson has been a long time favorite of mine, but with joy I can say he has now crossed over as a favorite author in this household to my 10 yr old daughter and 9 yr old son. As an already committed fan, I purchased this book with enthusiasm for my own Jackie. I was sure the title and the relatable home state of NJ would engage her. Well, that was an understatement. We received the book on a Sunday and by Tuesday my daughter was (without persuasion) 27 chapters deep into the book! As a mom that encourages reading constantly to keep up with the rigid new demands of school required book logs, seeing her reading so enthusiastically, made me so PROUD! Happy to say that her eagerness and excitement about the book caught on with her curious younger brother. During our normal bedtime reading routine, he was just as engaged as she read out loud. Neither of the 2 wanted the reading to end.
I must admit Jacky is a very likable character and Mr. Patterson's reading style had me captivated too, especially as Jacky and her best friend Meredith stroll the Seaside Heights boardwalk and describe some of my favorite foods. yummmmm
Funny, relatable, modern, descriptive, heart felt, Jacky Ha-Ha is all of that and then some. Give your young reader the wonderful opportunity to discover what is underneath the surface of Jacky's clownish ways. I truly believe it will be an enjoyable, page turning adventure.