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Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  648 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Meet Robert Carver Ellis-Chan -- a perfectly normal fourth-grader who gets into perfectly crazy situations! Like when he was running for class president and discovered his big sister's panties static-clinging to the back of his sweater. Or when he got stuck to the rare sticky (and stinky) Koloff tree on a field trip. . . . Then there's his family -- busy mom, ex-pro footba...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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I have a theory. A theory about why boy v. girl books are so popular with the youngsters. It goes like this: When you’re a kid you find that sometimes the only way to feel real and included in a group is to point out the other kids that (for whatever reason) cannot be included. Now kids cannot help but notice too that human beings are neatly divided into two groups: men and women. By dint of your sex you instantly belong to a group of like-gendered people. And if you band together against the ot...more
In a climate where you can't throw a dinner roll without hitting five or six new series, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) is a middle grade school story (and first in a series) that stands out with humor, believability, and a subtle touch.

4th grade is about to begin and Bobby Ellis-Chan is feeling uneasy. Third grade was a disaster, his friend Holly Harper has started hanging around with girlie-girl Jillian Zarr, and his ex-pro football player father (a.k.a. "The Freezer") is having a tough time w...more
It's unfortunate that I read this over the course of 2 months, because it really is such a quick read, and I'm sure it would be even more enjoyable if read it in one sitting. So, from what I remember about the whole thing...

It was really, really funny. I love it when children's books are genuinely funny, and don't just resort to potty humor for a quick laugh. I was impressed by how smoothly the two friends became "enemies," because it would have seemed odd and out-of-place if the change was so a...more
Abby Johnson
Bobby and Holly have been secret best friends since they were little kids. It's a secret because at their elementary school, boys and girls do not hang out together. But things start to change when they enter the fourth grade. Holly starts trying out some girly things and Bobby feels a bit left behind. And then Bobby accidentally starts a battle of the sexes.

Move over, Andrew Clements. This story of boys and girls and friendships and school is pitch perfect. The supporting characters are divers...more
Gwen the Librarian
Bobby and Holly are best friends at home but can't be seen talking to each other at school where girls and boys DO NOT play together - ewww cooties! When Holly becomes friends with a girly girl, the dynamics of her friendship with Bobby change until the two are at war. Bobby struggles not only with the sadness of losing a friend, but also the embarrassment of having a stay-at-home dad who used to be a famous football player, and the wish for a dog instead of a goldfish. Funny, authentic characte...more
This book may appeal to my fifth grade students for the mere fact that it is a story where the boys go up against the girls, which always seems to be popular. But the fact that Bobby, the main character, and his friends are only in the fourth grade may turn off some of my fifth grade students who seem to think they are so far away from fourth grade. (Even though they are not.) The story itself though is perfect for a third or fourth grade student.
The Styling Librarian
Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee, illustrated by Dan Santat – Realistic Fiction, 3rd grade and up: Really loved the story. Beautiful friendship story packed with real-life turmoil. It has been a long time since I cried over a fish, but I certainly did this time. The tree hugging incident was my favorite part of this book! Just beautiful… This is a perfect book to partner with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
This is a great book! This book has some really funny and also touching moments and the characters are written naturally. Bobby and his family are very endearing and funny. I especially liked his dad and his attempts at being homemaker after retiring from professional football. I highly recommend it to parents and kids - what an enjoyable read!
An excellent children's book. It was funny, warm, and well written. It never dragged and would be understandable for someone at the reading level of the book.
a fun girls vs. boys novel that realistically and sensitively covers the issues of co-ed friendships and the death of a pet. funny and sweet.
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Bobby and Holly have been friends since forever. They know boys and girls aren’t usually best friends and they know their friends at school wouldn’t understand, so they have a strategy they call “The Parting Place”. They walk to school together everyday, but when they get to “The Parting Place” about a block from their school, Bobby speeds up and Holly slows down…just so they won’t be seen together. It works.

But then the week before fourth grade starts, Bobby starts to notice some weird things a...more
I recently went to the 2010 Children's Literature Council Spring Workshop. The theme this year was "Old Passions - New Technologies: Children's and Young Adult Literature in a Web 2.0 World." I had a great time listening to the speakers (who included Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, one of the co-founders of Goodreads!), but more importantly, like all good workshops, I was inspired to go and investigate some of the ideas mentioned in the presentations. One of the speakers showed us Lisa Yee's blog. I'v...more
Chris Murray
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Bobby and Holly are friends. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but the two take care not to advertise the fact to their OTHER friends. Every day they walk a little ways to school and every day they split up before they arrive so that no one will see them walking together. The trouble between them, however, begins when Holly starts doing all these girly activities, like straightening her hair and doing her nails. Things pretty much go downhill from there. Bobby runs...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Pages: 170

Lexile: 650/ Ages 8-11

Bobby is not your average 4th grader. He doesn't like sports, even though his Dad played pro-football, and his sister is the quarterback of her school team. He loves to draw and go rock hunting with his friend Holly. That is right........up until 4th grade his best friend is Holly...a girl. However, once 4th grade starts, Bobby is surprised to see Holly hanging around with just girls, especially the most popular girl in the grade: Jillian. Holly stops comi...more
This book was a nice balance of humor and drama. It deals with identity, relationships, fairness and the passing of a pet. All themes are addressed in a way that children in second or third grade will relate to. Although most kids aren't quite as Anti-Boy or Anti-Girl, this aspect of the book could lead to some thoughtful discussions. It may also provide some consolation to a child who has recently lost a pet. Bobby is a fully-developed character who has flaws, talents, dreams and doubts. Female...more
Bobby and Holly have been friends forever - something that they don't broadcast at school. Why? Well, because boys and girls aren't supposed to be friends, right? As they start their 4th grade year together, things start to change. Holly seems to be getting more interested in clothing and hairstyles and such. And she's hanging out with the "girly girls". But that's okay, because Bobby and Holly are still friends away from school. Holly even gives Bobby the goldfish that she wins at the fair. But...more
Stephanie Croaning
To sum up this book, I would say it is about relationships. Told from Bobby's point of view, we experience his struggles as he deals with family, friends, and pets.

Bobby and Holly have been friends since pre-K, but as they enter 4th-grade their relationship becomes more complicated as changing feelings about the opposite sex enter the picture. The relationship between Bobby and Holly is well-written and feels real. There is humor, humiliation and sadness as Bobby unwittingly leads his class int...more
Kris Odahowski
Bobby Ellis-Chan a fourth grader featured in this funny family/school story, Bobby adopts a goldfish and names it Rover, his Dad is a retired football icon who is becomes a stay at home Dad, and his sister is a quarter back on the High School football team. Check it out at the library.
Jan 20, 2012 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 8-12
Shelves: humor, juv-fiction
Bobby Ellis-Chan’s year as a fourth grader is filled with events he didn’t plan on happening. Instead of owning a dog (he has allergies), he’s given a goldfish. At a school field trip, Bobby hugs the Koloff tree, the stickiest and smelliest tree in the world, and gets stuck to it. However, the main event is when he accidentally starts a classroom war of boys vs. girls when he runs for student council representative against his long time best friend (who happens to be a girl) Holly Harper. Despit...more
Sandra Stiles
I thought this was the cutest book. When I told my students about it they were telling me similar stories that had happened to them in elementary school. Bobby and Holly grew up best friends. When they reached fourth grade Bobby realized that Holly had started hanging out with someone new. Now it was no longer cool for the girls to be seen talking to the boys and the boys talking to the girls. Bobby ends up with a fish named Rover, and comes home each afternoon and tells his problems to the fish...more
Bobby is not your average 4th grader. He doesn't like sports, even though his Dad played pro-football, and his sister is the quarterback of her school team. He loves to draw and go rock hunting with his friend Holly. That is right........up until 4th grade his best friend is Holly...a girl. However, once 4th grade starts, Bobby is surprised to see Holly hanging around with just girls, especially the most popular girl in the grade: Jillian. Holly stops coming by Bobby's house and they do not walk...more
Holli  Ronquillo
I love Lisa Yee, so I had to read this one. It's a cute book, but very much written for the age group (fourth grade-ish?) and didn't interest me as much as some of her other work.
Bobby and Holly have been best friends since preschool. But things are changing. Last year Bobby and Holly realized that they couldn't be best friends at school any more. This year Holly seems to have become 'a girl!' She straightened her hair, wants to so shopping for clothes instead of their annual rock hunting outing, and is even hanging out with Jillian Zarr, the leader of the girls' wolf pack. Bobby only has his fish, Rover, for comfort. Then Bobby and Holly end up running against each othe...more
Kate Hastings
Recommended grades 2-4. RL 650. Bobby and Holly were always good friends-- until the awkward third grade when they had to downgrade to secret friends because boys and girls shouldn't be friends.

At the start of the new year, Holly starts wearing dresses and painting her nails. Seems she started hanging out with girls over summer vacation. And Bobby finds himself stuck with boys that make fun of girls and do... boy things.

Eventually Bobby and Holly find each other at odds because of their new frie...more
Darlene Williams
Reading this to my grade 3 and 4 classes and they are really enjoying this. It is written well for their perspective on day-to-day life for school-age children. My students are understanding the humor and are picking up on little clues throughout the story. They are able to predict (somewhat) upcoming situations and give feedback as to what they would do. Great book to encourage conversation and debate with whoever you read this to, or even for them to read to themselves. The reader automaticall...more
I am intrigued by books geared toward boys. And the title of this book had me intrigued. However, as I read through it - and thought about the boys that I work with - I found that it didn't seem like a book boys would read as readily as others. There wasn't a whole lot of action - mostly quieter action (dad's a former football pro and now stay-at-home dad, Bobby does some skateboarding to school, Bobby is running for office).

I believe that this book would appeal more to girls than boys - but I c...more
Bronwyn Parhad
A really sweet, fun and funny about two fourth grade friends (boy and girl)who find themselves on opposite sides of the class when they both run for student council representative. Bobby Ellis-Chan, whose father is former professional football great "The Freezer", and Holly Harper, are friends, not boyfriend and girlfriend, but they are forced to make friendship choices neither one is too sure about. Definitely recommended for any boy or girl who suddenly finds that he or she has to decide about...more
Britny Ohliger
The infamous tale of boys against girls is great for fourth graders to read because they can so easily connect to one of the characters. Bobby stands out in his family of sports lovers. Even his best friend, Holly is the quarterback of the school team. Holly starts hanging out with new friends that are girls, leaving Bobby to question the remains of their friendship. He ends up running for the Student Council race where he opposes his questionable friend Holly. Read to see if their friendship is...more
I really loved this book and would recommend it to all students, both boys and girls. The author has a great way of connecting the reader with the life of a fourth grade student. I found this book to be witty, entertaining, realistic, as well as morally accurate. The main character Bobby makes the occasional mistake, but is able to own up to them, and apologize – a great lesson for elementary students to learn. Both boys and girls will find they are able to identify with the main characters, and...more
I liked the premise -- male character is a middle child boy raised by ex-football star now stay at home dad (whose oldest daughter inherited the football genes) and busy enterpreneurial mom, and he is obviously confused about his place in life and necessarily changing relationship to his best friend (who is a girl)... but story went flat. I'm probably expecting too much from a light poppy book for 4th graders.

Also I take it that it's the start of a series, so maybe more will be revealed about a...more
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Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agre...more
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