I am a true believer in the art of reading. I actually learned to read when I was 3 years old! It’s a past time I have always enjoyed and and thrilled to pass it down to my own children. They are learning to read right now – and doing very well with it! I am sure soon they will be on chapter books, but for now we enjoy reading nightly. One book in particular my daughter and I have been enjoying is James Patterson’s latest, Jacky Ha-Ha.
With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation–even when she really, really shouldn’t–twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home. But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together…even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that’s who she really is?
We have been reading about Jacky and her life on the Jersey Shore with her 6 sisters and father. My daughter was particularly tickled when she found out one of the sisters had her name – Riley! Jacky has a tough life at twelve years old – her father is strict, she constantly feels like an outsider, and there’s just ONE BATHROOM in their house, a bathroom she has to clean.
I am enjoying reading this book with my Riley. It’s giving us our cuddle time and teaching her that it’s okay to be yourself and be silly. Nowadays kids grow up way too fast and want to be adults before they are ready, Jacky Ha-Ha shows that it’s alright to be a kid for a while, to not grow up too fast, and to laugh.
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