|Jacky Ha-Ha : a graphic novel|
Author: Patterson, James
Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And wise cracks help 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 entirely 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. In graphic novel format.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Grabenstein, Chris|
|Illustrator:||Tang, Betty C.|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 508909
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 4–7—A graphic adaptation of the best-selling coming-of-age comedic novel. Since Jacqueline Hart—sobriquet Jacky Ha-Ha—was in elementary school, all of Seaside Heights, NJ, has known her as the class clown. The fourth-born sibling in a seven-daughter set has always compensated for her stutter with her cleverness, but seventh grade has transformed her wit into a vulnerability. When Jacky's disruptions land her in detention, new teacher Ms. O'Mara offers a way out: participation in a school musical. Meanwhile, Jacky's mom, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, is stationed in Saudi Arabia; her father, a lifeguard, always comes home late and spends a lot of time with a comely colleague; and her beloved Nonna's health is declining. Can Jacky learn to moderate her antics and distinguish among school, home, and stage? Jacky's story is stuffed with plot and thin on nuance, relying heavily on tropes and archetypes in lieu of dynamic characterization. Jacky is the exception proving the rule, endowed with an ideal balance of intelligence, jocularity, and emotional salience that readers will adore—think an older Junie B. Jones. Pacing stumbles: Both exposition and dénouement unfold in a flash while interstitial and transitional material prove lacking. Aside from Jacky's best friend Meredith, the entire ensemble is white. Artwork is par for the genre: perky with simple linework and (overly) expressive faces. VERDICT A run-of-the-mill graphic novel buttressed by its moxie and Hart.—Steven Thompson, Bound Brook Memorial Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.