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EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken Hardcover – May 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: EllRay Jakes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-Warner is a dead-on observer of playground politics, and has a great ear for dialogue.+ -School Library Journal

About the Author

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky. 

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BIOGRAPHY OF SALLY WARNER

Sally Warner was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California, where her family moved when she was eight years old. She attended public schools in Pasadena. She then received her B.A. degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Sally Warner worked as an artist (primarily charcoal drawings) for many years, exhibiting her work at galleries, small museums, colleges, and universities across the country. Her drawings are in many private collections. She also taught art education for ten years at Pasadena City College. Her teaching led her to write her first non-fiction book for adults, ENCOURAGING THE ARTIST IN YOUR CHILD, in 1989. This book sold more than 20,000 copies. She still gets mail about another of her non-fiction books for adults, MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART (1994).

Sally Warner then began writing fiction for young readers. Her first novel, DOG YEARS (1995), has sold almost 90,000 copies--in Italy! Sally Warner did the cartoons herself.

To date, Sally Warner has had 30 novels published, mostly for ages 8--12. One of her most popular books so far was SORT OF FOREVER (1998, still available through Scholastic Book Club), which has sold close to 250,000 copies! She also writes for younger readers, ages 7-10; the books in her previous funny series for Viking (ONLY EMMA, NOT-SO-WEIRD EMMA, SUPER EMMA, BEST FRIEND EMMA, and EXCELLENT EMMA) have been getting lots of positive attention. Five ELLRAY JAKES books have come out in the last couple of years, and the 6th-ELLRAY JAKES IS MAGIC! will be out in spring, 2014. Three more EllRays are in the works.

Sally Warner and her husband live in Southern California. She has four step-daughters, five step-grandchildren, and two sons who both have active careers in the arts: dance/choreography/teaching, and stereoscopic computer generated imagery for television and movies. For her family, the arts were definitely not a frill!

For photos, cartoons, and more information on her books: www.sallywarner.com

Customer Reviews

The book is a realistic story; one which many readers will find to be approachable and fun to read.
LucySWoodford
Unfortunately the last two chapters aren't as developed, and feel like a hurried way to end the story and fix the problem.
Shan
While the adults can't seem to figure out what's going on, they can tell that things aren't quite right.
Madigan McGillicuddy

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my two 6 year olds because it was on the 2012-2013 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice for K-3. I would NOT recommend this book to other parents of young children. I should preface by saying that my children enjoyed the book and want to read the sequel. However, I was quite disappointed in the book, and in particular, its treatment of gender and of bullying.

First gender: Throughout the book EllRay makes sweeping statements about "girls do this, but boys don't" or the reverse. There is never any attempt to disprove these statements or show the similarities between boys and girls. It was so glaring that my 6 year old son finally said, "I don't like that he keeps saying, girls are like this, boys are like that."

The second issue is how bullying was treated. EllRay is bullied throughout the book, but never comes up with a good resolution. Although the teachers and parents suspect it, he never tells them. He keeps it a secret throughout the book, and never enlists adult help. In the end, the resolution is that there is a fight, broken up by other kids (kind of) and then the parents take EllRay and the bully to Disneyland together. There is never the message that he should talk to grownups about what is happening, or that grownups can be helpful in such situations. Not every book has to have a moral, but you'd hope not to read young children that have messages you DON"T want to teach them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Quiz time. Place your books under your desks and bring out your #2 pencils. Everyone ready? All right. Reach back into your brain cells and please name for me all the great contemporary early chapter books that you can think of that star male African-American protagonists. Heck, let's make it even more interesting than that. Name me such a book but NOT any of Sharon Draper's Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs or any of Ann Cameron's Julian books. You have thirty seconds . . . go.

Now if you're anything like me, the above quiz is near impossible. You're either going to try to justify full-length chapter books like The Toothpaste Millionaire as early chapter books (it ain't) or you'll try to bring up books that have historical characters like Eric Kimmel's Louie Armstrong in A Horn for Louis. While we've seen a nice and healthy (if still insufficient) increase in early chapter books starring black girls (Sunny, Dyamonde Daniel, Sassy,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shan on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This mid-level chapter book has a likeable African-American boy as its main character. The story of being bullied feels authentic and readers will root for EllRay. Warner does a great job providing interesting details about EllRay's family and school relationships and the story builds nicely. Unfortunately the last two chapters aren't as developed, and feel like a hurried way to end the story and fix the problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eight year-old Lancelot Raymond, better known as EllRay, is eager to prove that despite his small size, he is not a chicken. When he's bullied by some boys at school, rather than alerting his parents or other authority figures, he decides to "take it like a man" and suffer alone.

There were a number of things that I liked about this novel. Lots of interesting details about EllRay and his family made this early middle-grade realistic fiction novel feel very well developed. EllRay likes Mondays and he likes making lists. He doesn't understand girls. His younger sister is named Alfleta, meaning "beautiful elf" in Saxon, but goes by Alfie for short. His geology professor father seems caring but stern. While the adults can't seem to figure out what's going on, they can tell that things aren't quite right. Being promised a trip to Disneyland if he can have an "incident-free" week at school encourages EllRay to keep things under wraps more than ever. My heart broke for this poor kid, who felt such pressure, at such a young age. I liked that this was a "boy" book, featuring a relatively happy African-American family.

Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book wholeheartedly, as I did have some problems with it. While I loved the cover, I was very disappointed by the interior illustrations. In them, EllRay looks bug-eyed and two-dimensional. The ending of the book left much to be desired. As things grow to a head between EllRay and bullies Jared and Stanley, EllRay finally takes matters into his own hands, meeting Jared for a fistfight. This manages to clear the air, but both boys are disappointed when it's revealed that their parents have conspired to send them to Disneyland... where they'll be forced to hang out together.
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