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The Resource EllRay Jakes is not a chicken, by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken, by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper

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EllRay Jakes is not a chicken
Title
EllRay Jakes is not a chicken
Statement of responsibility
by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge
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Review
  • Grades 2-4 Lancelot Raymond Jakes is admittedly the smallest student in his third-grade class—even counting the girls. Trouble seems to find EllRay at school, even when he is trying his hardest to be good for his teacher. And he is certainly trying his hardest this week: if EllRay cannot behave, his father will cancel their upcoming trip to Disneyland. To make EllRay’s week even more difficult, he inexplicably finds himself involved in a “3-way boys’ war” with the two biggest, baddest boys in school, Stanley and Jared, who are intent on humiliating EllRay any way they can. The issue of bullying is addressed responsibly but without many of the tiresome buzzwords and trite approaches often used by adults who don’t fully appreciate the need to save face on the playground. Warner creates a humorous voice for EllRay, amplified by Harper’s winsome illustrations, that is sweet, authentic, and ideal for reluctant readers. Fans will be eager for the next installment in the series. -- Anderson, Erin (Reviewed 06-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 19, p85)
  • Gr 2 – 4 — EllRay Jakes is the smallest kid in his third-grade class and one of the few African Americans in his school. His most recent progress report says his behavior is in need of improvement, but, according to EllRay, it is only because he likes to make everyone laugh. His parents decide that if he can last a whole week without getting into trouble, they will take him to Disneyland. Should be easy, right? Unfortunately, EllRay is being picked on by two of his classmates, Jared and Stanley, and he does not know why. He is torn between standing up for himself and not attracting attention, which might jeopardize his trip. At the end of the long week, the child has had enough and decides to confront Jared. When the boys come to blows, EllRay discovers why Jared has been picking on him, and it turns out that he is not as innocent as he thought. His realization and a surprise playdate for the boys help to settle the feud. This easy chapter book is a spin-off of Warner's "Emma" series (Viking), told with similar tone, humor, and style. The author has a way of capturing moments with a perfect description. Harper's illustrations bring even more life to the already spunky characters. Reluctant readers will find the language engaging, and most children will find the story line amusing.—Kari Allen, National Writing Project, Plymouth State University, NH --Kari Allen (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p87)
  • EllRay is shorter than everyone in his third-grade class—even the girls, who include Emma of Warner's Only Emma and its sequels. Yet in this lively series launch, EllRay displays big-time guts as he stands up to class bully Jared. Pondering why Jared has waged "war" against him, EllRay rules out that it's because he's black ("Jared would have said something if it was. He is not the type of kid to keep things to himself"), deciding that it's either because "I'm better at just about everything at school—except being big—than Jared is" or that "there could be no reason at all." When EllRay's father promises him a day at Disneyland if he stays out of trouble for a week, he worries that Jared will make him lose his temper—and the trip. Though it appears that EllRay's acceptance of Jared's challenge to a fight will doom his amusement park dreams, Warner's clever plotting brings an unexpected and rewarding ending. EllRay's ingenuous narration and the well-observed classroom dynamics are the main draw, and Harper's cartoons, incorporated throughout, further enliven the story. Ages 6–8. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed March 14, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 11, p)
  • The creator of the series about third-grader Emma McGraw (Only Emma, 2005, etc.) focuses on a new character here: EllRay Jakes, one of Emma's classmates. EllRay, a likable everykid with a sense of humor, is getting picked on; he doesn't know why, nor what to do about it. EllRay's voice is chatty and authentic, especially in articulating kids' and adults' perceptions of the playground dynamic: "Ms. 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. And outside is when school really happens for kids." When bully Jared reveals he's after EllRay because EllRay once hurt his feelings, it feels a bit pat, although the resolution is realistic: The boys don't become best friends, but they learn to get along. EllRay is African-American in a predominantly white school; race is addressed openly here (he sometimes wishes there were more kids who look like him; his father suspects—incorrectly—that race is the reason EllRay is getting teased) without serving as the main issue, which is refreshing.  EllRay's struggles and eventual success coping with bullying, a hot-button topic, ring true, and kids who enjoyed previous Emma stories will appreciate this take from the boys' side. (Fiction. 7-11)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10001153
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Warner, Sally
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.W24644
LC item number
Em 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Harper, Jamie
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
EllRay Jakes
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children, Black
  • Conduct of life
  • Bullying
  • Schools
  • Families
  • African Americans
  • California
  • Behavior
  • Bullies
  • Schools
  • Family life
  • African Americans
  • California
  • African Americans
  • Children, Black
  • Bullying
  • Conduct of life
  • Families
  • Schools
  • California
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
EllRay Jakes is not a chicken, by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper
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rdacarrier
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Control code
ocn535490776
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
108 pages
Isbn
9780670062430
Lccn
2010025106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)535490776
Label
EllRay Jakes is not a chicken, by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn535490776
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
108 pages
Isbn
9780670062430
Lccn
2010025106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)535490776

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