Synopses & Reviews
He would not try tomatoes
or a single Brussels sprout.
And if he tasted something new,
hed spit that thing right out.
Jake is a picky eater.
Everything new makes Jakes list of foods he doesnt like. Everything except peanut butter. Jake loves peanut butter.
Does the whole family have to eat peanuts for every meal? Peanut butter pancakes? Even peanut butter pot roast?!
Will Jake ever try something new?
The answer will delight children and their (not-so-picky) parents!
All Jake will eat is peanut butter sandwiches and his parents are sick of it. Together they cook up a plan to put peanut butter in everything and at first Jake is in heaven ("They had peanut butter pot roast/ served with peanut butter rice./ They had peanut butter soda/ chilled with peanut butter ice"). But after a week Jake realizes that a little variety might be a good thing. Wright's crisp rhymes and droll cartoons should make picky eaters smile and perhaps consider a little diversity in their own diets. Ages 4–7. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"All Jake will eat is peanut butter sandwiches, and his parents are sick of it. Together they cook up a plan to put peanut butter in everything, and at first Jake is in heaven ('They had peanut butter pot roast/ served with peanut butter rice./ They had peanut butter soda/ chilled with peanut butter ice'). But after a week, Jake realizes that a little variety might be a good thing. Wright's crisp rhymes and droll cartoons should make picky eaters smile, and perhaps consider a little diversity in their own diets. Ages 4 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Praise for Jake Goes Peanuts:
“Wright's crisp rhymes and droll cartoons should make picky eaters smile, and perhaps consider a little diversity in their own diets.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Wrights] characters are deeply appealing—rarely do slug-like creatures possess so much charm—as is his scene setting, while the abundant sight jokes are wryly understated.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A deliciously kooky tale.” —School Library Journal
Previous praise for Michael Wright:
“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 for Jake Stays Awake
“Co-sleeping taken to the extreme is the topic of this debut....Wrights 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 dogs antics will keep readers in stitches. Co-sleeping parents who want to reclaim their territory may want to take notes.” —Kirkus Reviews for Jake Stays Awake
“The illustrations, done in a distinctive cartoon style, feature aerial or skewed perspectives and figures with chinless, thumb-shaped heads; except for his height, Jake looks grown up—which adds another layer of humor, intended or otherwise, to the episode.” —Booklist for Jake Stays Awake
“...turn[s] childrens bedtime ploys on their ears....The characters, with their oblong heads and expressive dot-and-line features, seem at once both oddly familiar and utterly unique....Scenes of the family lined up under a blanket on the homes rooftop (the dog dangling for dear life), shoehorned into the bathtub or stretched out on the kitchen counter will have both children and parents laughing at the lengths to which they will go for some shuteye.” —Shelf Awareness for Jake Stays Awake
"Buoyantly written and drawn in an exaggerated cartoon style, Jake Stays Awake is a fun, funny look at a problem that plagues most parents." —Oklahoma Gazette for Jake Stays Awake
"The cinematic angles, saturated page colors, and stylistic drawings of the characters in Jake Stays Awake add a unique flavor to Wrights bedtime story about a kid who cant sleep unless hes with his parents." —Manhattan Beach Easy Reader for Jake Stays Awake
“Bug-eyed Jake is back with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten . . . Wrights 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 for Jake Starts School
“Michael Wrights bright, bold illustrations in Jake Starts School look like they are a cartoon! The book is full of humor and funny birds-eye view perspectives, and its Homer Simpson-esque in a good, ages four-to-seven kind of way.” —Bookpage for Jake Starts School
“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 for Jake Starts School
"A hilarious tale of nerves." —New York Post for Jake Starts School
Jake likes peanut butter, but he doesnt like anything else! Will his parents be able to convince him to try other things?
Jake is a picky eater. He likes peanut butter, but he doesn't like anything else. Will his parents be able to convince him to try other things? Full color.
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," and his most recent, Jake Starts School was called "Homer Simpson-esque in a good, ages four-to-seven kind of way" by BookPage and a "hilarious tale of nerves" by the New York Post. 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. Visit him online at www.michaelwrightland.com.