Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Review: Jessie Elliot Is a Big Chicken by Elise Gravel

Jessie Elliot Is a Big Chicken
Author: Elise Gravel
Publication: Roaring Brook Press (May 20, 2014)

Description: It’s Jessie Elliot’s last summer as a child. In the fall, she’ll be going to Hochelaga High—where the cool kids smoke, have piercings, and make out in abandoned parking lots. Jessie wants to be cool, but it’s way more fun being uncool. That’s why this summer she’s going to get a high score in Tetris, draw her Super Pickle comics, read weird books at her best friend Julie’s cottage, and daydream about her crush, Ben. But when Julie is suddenly BFFs with one of the cool girls, Jessie wonders what will happen to her perfectly nerdy and fun-filled summer.

My Thoughts: Jessie Elliot is in the summer before she starts at Hochelaga High. She is generally a nerd and a scaredy cat. So heading off to a new school is filled with imagined perils. The whole book looks like a notebook filled with Jessie's thoughts and her own illustrations. And lists - all sorts of lists.

The story talks about friendships and even, perhaps, a best friend turned potential boyfriend. Despite all her worries, Jessie is pretty comfortable in her own skin. I predict a great future for her!

While the school my students attend is for grades 6 through 12 and they don't have to make the transition that Jessie has to, I still think they will enjoy getting a peek into Jessie's great imagination.

Favorite Quote:
What's not to like about new neon markers?
I got this finished copy from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

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