Kaycee & Ella’s 1st Book Club – Jacky Ha-Ha

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson

Kaycee (11) and Ella (9) have always been avid readers. Mumsnet bloggers picked us to host a book club based on the James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein novel, Jacky Ha-Ha and the girls were really excited when they found out.

Kaycee loves organising events and she threw herself into making the book club a success! We received 6 copies of the book, discussion questions, ideas for games, a word search, posters, a photo booth kit, paper to design your own book cover and some bags of sweets.

The girls each invited 2 friends and gave them a copy of the book. The book club date was set for the 18th March so they all started reading.

Book Club

Kaycee and Ella set out crisps, popcorn, biscuits and sweets as well as cherryade and dandelion and burdock to drink. They stuck the book posters around the room and got pencils and coloured pens ready for the activities.

Jacky Ha-Ha book club


They started the discussion by answering the questions we received.

Example questions:

Why is Jacky so impressed by Ms. O’Mara?
Who are some of your female role models?
Why are they important to you?

Why is Jacky afraid of being in the play and giving a speech?
How does Jacky overcome her fear?

Here’s a little video at the start of the discussions.

They all designed a book cover then did the word search once the discussion was over. While they were doing the word search, Kaycee and Ella judged the book covers and found a prize for the winner and little prizes for everyone else!

Jacky Ha-Ha

Fun with the photo booth was next, just before everyone had to go home.

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

All the girls said they really enjoyed the book and that it was brilliant 🙂

Jacky Ha-Ha book club

Kaycee enjoyed organising it and it was a great success. So much so, she’s been inspired to do another one next month!

The girls had 3 World Book Day tokens (a friend of Kaycee’s didn’t want hers) and Ant gave them £3 so they could get 6 copies of the Jacqueline Wilson book, Butterfly Beach. They’re all excited to come back next month 🙂

Jacqueline Wilson Butterfly Beach book

Thanks to Mumsnet and Penguin/Puffin books for choosing us and helping to keep the love of reading alive in my girls. I’m very proud of them both for organising and running a book club at their ages!

“I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel. It’s a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. We received a hamper of books and goodies to host the book club.”


  1. Acorn Books 30th March 2017 at 7:28 pm

    What a great event, you must be so proud of them! I hope it continues and becomes a regular thing. I wonder if your local library could help to get extra copies of books for them? #readwithme

    1. shelllouise 3rd April 2017 at 9:40 am

      I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll get in touch and see if they can help. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  2. Erica Price 30th March 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I love the idea of organising a children’s book club. I think my son would enjoy that sort of party as he’s an avid reader and so are a lot of his friends.

  3. Catherine @ Story Snug 27th March 2017 at 7:01 pm

    What a fabulous idea and a great way for children to share their enthusiasm for reading :o)

  4. chantelle hazelden 27th March 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun was had there!! Loving the front cover of that book. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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