A few funny guys collaborated to bring a hilarious new book to kids’ bookshelves. Jake the Fake Keeps it Real is for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants.
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: Jake the Fake (Book 1) | Hardcover: 144 pages | Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (March 28, 2017)
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About the Book
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes a new side-splitting series from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient and cartoonist Keith Knight.
Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo. And his art? It’s better suited for Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.
Featuring more than 160 illustrations, Jake the Fake is sure to bring the laughs with his hilarious high jinks!
About the Authors and Illustrator
Comedian, musician, and actor Craig Robinson transitions his flair for humor from the screen to the page in his authorial debut. He is best known for his work on NBC’s The Office, Hollywood comedy blockbusters This Is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Pineapple Express, and the upcoming drama Morris from America. Robinson pulls on his life’s most hilarious moments and his experience attending Chicago’s first public magnet school to bring Jake the Fake to life. Robinson continues to act, perform, and cheer on the White Sox.
Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic, and humorist. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*ck to Sleep and You Have to F*cking Eat, Mansbach has recently expanded his writing repertoire to include his debut thriller The Dead Run and middle-grade novel Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My . . . His novel Rage Is Back was an NPR Best Book of the Year. Mansbach’s work has also appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Keith Knight is a rapper, social activist, father, and educator. He’s also one of the most highly regarded cartoonists in America, and the creator of three popular comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles. Knight is the recipient of the Eisner Award and the NAACP History Maker award. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and The Funny Times.
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Our Thoughts on Jake the Fake Keeps it Real
The minute this book showed up on my doorstep, my nine-year-old daughter snatch it up and disappeared. She read the entire thing in just a couple of days.
I read the book after she finished with it and was happily surprised by how funny it was. With its goofy style and humor filled pages, this book adds a slice of fun to a young kid’s reading diet. The illustrations added to the humor. There are enough of them scattered through the pages that even younger and reluctant readers will be pulled into the story.
I liked it. But the real test came when I asked my daughter what she thought about it.
Miss K’s Thoughts:
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real is about this boy that fakes his way into a music and art academy middle school. Then he starts wanting to be the weirdest kid in the school because he didn’t want people finding out that he was a fake. So he started doing really weird things and making up ideas to stay in the school.
I thought it was really funny. I thought Jake was crazy and funny. I thought he might get caught, but I also thought maybe he would make it. He is sort of talented, but not in music and art. He is talented in humor and craziness.
I think his teacher, Mr. Allen, was probably part genius and part nuts. I don’t really think art schools are that crazy. They’re probably more calm, less crazy, and probably have more painting.
I didn’t like the end of the play Jake wrote for school because I couldn’t really understand what happened in that part.
Kids that like humor will like this book. The pictures remind me of Captain Underpants, so if you like Captain Underpants, you will probably like Jake the Fake Keeps it Real.
Content: I consider this book clean, but some of the humor can be morbid/crude. Puke jokes, a foot falling off, stuff like that.
Source: The publisher sent us an ARC of this book.
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