Jacky Ha-Ha Gets the Last Laugh by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: March 6, 2023
Jacky Ha-Ha is off to theater camp and funnier than ever in this hilarious illustrated novel from James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Jacky Hart finally knows the thrill of having people laugh with her (not at her). She tries to put her comedy and theater skills to use in her summer job—but the boardwalk crowds aren’t exactly adoring. So Jacky jumps at the opportunity of a lifetime: an all-expense paid trip to theater camp!
When Jacky gets to Camp Footlights, she realizes she’s way out of her depth. The highly trained campers all seem to know everything about performing, and exactly how to command the spotlight. All Jacky wants is to prove she fits in, but the more she tries, the more she stands out—and not in a good way. With help from her new friends, can Jacky Ha-Ha earn her place in the spotlight…or will she flop?
Packed with illustrations, jokes, and hijinks, the latest book in the #1 bestselling Jacky Ha-Ha series delivers a hilarious and heartwarming dose of summer fun, perfect for reading all year round.
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Thoughts and Themes: This is the first time that I have heard of any of these books and I was so happy to read them. This is one that would be great to read aloud with children. Something that I really enjoyed about this book was the short chapters along with the pictures. I thought that made the book go along quicker and much more enjoyable to read. I also really enjoy the throw backs that are included throughout the “olden times” because the story is told in the past and her daughters won’t know a lot of those things.
Characters: In this book, you are introduced to several characters through their interactions with Jacky. I really liked how in the beginning we get to meet the sisters which I thought was great. I liked how they each had their different traits which added to the humor in this book. I also loved each of the characters that we get to meet at camp including the villains of this story.
Writing Style: I love that this story has Jacky opening that she is telling this story to her daughters. I really liked when the story reminds you of this piece because it’s so important to how the story is being told.
About the Author
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. His enduring fictional characters and series include Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and Ali Cross, along with such acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction as Walk in My Combat Boots, E.R. Nurses, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. Bill Clinton (The President Is Missing) and Dolly Parton (Run, Rose, Run) are among his notable literary collaborators. For his prodigious imagination and championship of literacy in America, Patterson was awarded the 2019 National Humanities Medal. The National Book Foundation presented him with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and nine Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family.
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the LEMONCELLO, WONDERLAND, HAUNTED MYSTERY, DOG SQUAD, and SMARTEST KID IN THE UNIVERSE series, and many fun and funny page-turners co-authored with James Patterson. You can visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com.