Crackerjack Jack (Hardcover)

By Bowman Wilker, Marie-Eve Tremblay (Illustrator)

Owlkids, 9781771472449, 24pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2018

List Price: 16.95*
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This is a book about a robber--a wisecracker, firecracker, knucklecracking crook named Jack. Jack devises a ploy to rob a bank, with a duck as his unlikely accomplice. This villainous duo bumbles their way through a robbery, in which Jack ends up knocked unconscious, arrested for the crime, and thrown in jail. Meanwhile, the duck makes off like a bandit, escaping with all the dough to live a life of luxury in the tropics.

Rhyming text, onomatopoeia, and an energetic beat paired with comical illustrations make this a fast-paced read that guarantees laughs. The playful language will entice young readers to follow along and repeat sounds and phrases in this outrageous and unapologetically reckless tale.

About the Author

BOWMAN WILKER is an elementary school teacher and children's poet who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. His poems have been featured in children's magazines in Canada, Ireland and the United States. Bowman currently has no duck associates, but owns several boxes of soda crackers. Crackerjack Jack is his first picture book. MARIE-EVE TREMBLAY is a travel junkie who finds inspiration in her trips abroad, be it from nature or situations in everyday life. Her take on the world is full of affection and humor, and her images are set apart by their warm tones, curious candor, and gentle whimsy. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.