Jake Starts School (Hardcover)
Feiwel & Friends, 9780312367985, 48pp.
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Fall 2008 Kids' List
— Suzanne Perry, The Secret Garden, Seattle, WA
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It's Jake's first day of school.
He doesn't want his mom and dad to leave him there, alone.
Now, Jake and his parents have to spend the first day of school together. Finger painting. Sharing snacks. Playing on the seesaw.
Will Jake ever be able to stay at school on his own?
The answer will delight and reassure children and their (anxious) parents!
About the Author
Michael Wright’s first picture book, Jake Stays Awake, was praised by School Library Journal as “a delicious treat of a bedtime book.” He is also the author of Jake Starts School and Jake Goes Peanuts. Before becoming an author and illustrator, Wright was an advertising copywriter and later started a company that built sets for television news programs. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife, Cheryl, and their three kids, Mason, Sloane, and Paxton, all of whom are now adventurous eaters.
Praise For Jake Starts School…
“Bug-eyed Jake is back with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten . . . Wright's background in cartoons and film is clearly evident, and his eccentric portrayal of people who all look like giant thumbs with arms and legs is his trademark. The preposterously shaped characters, pithy rhymes and the many emotions expressed by just a few differently drawn lines make this an enjoyable graphic experience.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Michael Wright's bright, bold illustrations in Jake Starts School look like they are a cartoon! The book is full of humor and funny bird's-eye view perspectives, and it's Homer Simpson-esque in a good, ages four-to-seven kind of way.” —Bookpage
“The author uses gentle humor to portray an extreme case of separation anxiety and show how absurd it would be to not actually separate.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A hilarious tale of nerves.” —New York Post
“The double-page, exaggeratedly humorous visuals, some quite outrageous, distinguish the tale from the usual first-day-of-school story. The brief, large-print text is supplemented with speech balloons and other asides. And of course the happy ending is reassuring to fearful youngsters.” —Children's Literature
“The over-the-top humor of Jake Stays Awake (Feiwel & Friends, 2007) continues as Jake begins school. He and his pushover parents end up spending the first day of school trying to share tiny chairs, seesaw rides, and even a tricycle, since Jake will not let go of Mom and Dad.” —School Library Journal
“Co-sleeping taken to the extreme is the topic of this debut. Wright's illustrations hysterically expand upon the text. The characters' small eyes and elongated heads make for very droll facial expressions, while hidden details and the family dog's antics will keep readers in stitches. Co-sleeping parents who want to reclaim their territory may want to take notes.” —Kirkus Reviews on Jake Stays Awake
“Pleasantly rhyming text is paired with droll, stylized full- and double-page illustrations in bold colors and varying perspectives, and sight gags extend the fun for children and adults. All in all, a delicious treat of a bedtime book.” —School Library Journal on Jake Stays Awake