From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–Bobby Ellis-Chan is back in another charming story about an average fourth-grade boy from an unconventional family. His new gym teacher thinks he's super-athletic like his dad, a former star linebacker (he's not); his class is putting on a play (uh-oh); and he hears his father telling his quarterback sister, “He's not like me.” Good thing he has close friends (except for awful Jillian Zarr) and gets his first choice for his role in Annie, Sandy. Bobby's classmates, friends, and family ring true; Yee has created believable and endearing characters. There's an excellent chapter in which the class discusses Bobby's asthma. Illustrations are included throughout the book. Readers will devour the fast-paced writing, spot-on dialogue, and heartfelt lessons embedded in the text and empathize with the sometimes-brave Bobby, his worries about his place in his family and at school, and his struggles and successes.Nicole Waskie, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
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Bobby Ellis-Chan’s relationship with his dad is at the heart of this sequel to Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) (2009). Dad was a football star before he retired, and Bobby, who doesn’t play the game well, worries that Dad thinks he’s a loser. But then Bobby’s stay-at-home dad struggles, too, when he tries to cook and insists on sewing Bobby’s costume for the fourth-grade show. As Dad attempts to help and fails, Bobby must decide whether to confront his father or console him. True to a kid’s viewpoint, the fast, wry narrative and familiar scenarios will grab readers. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman