His father gives him an ultimatum: Get them back, or face the consequences. A welcome addition to the tales from Oak Glen Primary School. I didn't mind it as a read aloud, except for the on the fly editing. Have you ever started to say something…and then things get out of hand? As in the previous book, the dialogue, setting and plot are accessible and realistic. Funny and clever but far from perfect, third-grader EllRay Jakes competes in an unofficial popularity contest and finds himself in a terrible mess! The third-grade star of his own lively series, EllRay Jakes is a charmingly flawed kid who faces the usual problems at school and at home. It lead us to Sally Warner's character Ellray who as a third grader is looking for popularity in his classroom. As a parent I like the real world challenges and problems that face EllRay.
But EllRay's dad is a geologist - not much to brag about. He isn't about to gloat about how his geologist dad collects rocks. EllRay brings the valuable rocks to school and somehow finds himself giving them out to his classmates, which is a problem, since he didn't have permission to borrow them in the first place. I decided to give all the others to the nearly 9 year old boy. However, EllRay's situation in his peer group seems realistic, and the feelings of guilt and confusion EllRay faces definitely hit home.
But it definitely keeps me from recommending the series without reservation. Funny and action packed this adventure provides some good life lessons. You have to read this book to find out how EllRay gets the rocks back. Parents can remind kids that it's more important to do the right thing than to be popular or cool, and make sure they know that adults can help them navigate confusing situations. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the ellray jakes is a rock star harper jamie warner sally gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging.
He isn't about to gloat about how his geologist dad collects rocks. I think the author draws pictures that really go along with the text. Kevin is tall and his dad is rich. We found this to be another good read in the EllRay series. EllRay can't think of anything his geologist dad has that would impress, except crystals, which his father personally collected from all over the world. If you like a book where the chapters leave you hanging, then EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star by Sally Warner is the book for you.
Then EllRay sees the crystals in his dad's office, and they are really cool looking. First, the book teaches you a lesson that you are good the way you are. Ordered several in this series for my 5 year old boy, however, only one of the books The Recess King Inadvertently ordered two of the Recess King installment was really appropriate for our 5 year old. EllRay Jakes is a really good character in a very fascinating story. I thought this book was preachy.
This is the second book in the Ellray series. When a third-grade bragging contest among students in his class makes EllRay Jakes feel small literally and figuratively , he decides he needs a way to capture his friends' attention. What would you do if you were in EllRay's shoes? The students in EllRay's class represent a variety of personalities; not all of them are likeable, but EllRay has a solid sense of what is right and fair. He gives away the crystals and then must face his father's anger. EllRay's fail-safe plan to earn respect includes dazzling his classmates with his dad's prized crystal collection. This second series entry EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011 features an unofficial popularity contest and EllRay's struggles to extricate himself from the fix he gets into after he tries to take a shortcut to earn the respect of his classmates.
Ellray has nothing for which he can brag. I hope you enjoy the EllRay Jakes series as much as I did. Do you like books you can relate to? Nice family relationships, and I especially appreciate that it's an African-American family and that it's aimed at boys. For EllRay that would be very embarrassing so he comes up with some interesting ways to get them back. But it definitely keeps This author tried so hard--the protagonist is a middle class African american 3rd grader just living the 3rd grade life.
Which he is on the cusp of being too old for, but nevertheless he has enjoyed them so far. I liked it when Ellray was always saying the exact opposite of what he was thinking. Later, when his dad comes homes, he has to tell him. I didn't mind it as a read aloud, except for the on the fly editing. Expand Product Details Funny and clever but far from perfect, third-grader EllRay Jakes competes in an unofficial popularity contest and finds himself in a terrible mess! Young readers can identify with EllRay, who is neither a bad seed nor a goody-two-shoes; he and his sense of humor are just right. He makes up that fake reason on the spot. Good chapter book with African American protagonist - though this is not a big deal in the book.
Most of the middle grade chapter books we read have female main characters so EllRay is a fresh voice to read. All of Ellray's classmates have something to share. Sanchez is smart about what goes on inside her classroom, but she doesn't know what goes on outside—before school and during nutrition break, lunch and afternoon recess. EllRay's stuck between a rock and a hard place! The way situations are handled and solved work well for discussions as we are reading. The conflict was between him and his father because his father issued an ultimatum about the crystals.