Jake Goes Peanuts

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He would not try tomatoes

or a single Brussels sprout.

And if he tasted something new,

he’d spit that thing right out.

Jake is a picky eater.

Everything new makes Jake’s list of foods he doesn’t like. ...

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He would not try tomatoes

or a single Brussels sprout.

And if he tasted something new,

he’d spit that thing right out.

Jake is a picky eater.

Everything new makes Jake’s list of foods he doesn’t 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!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
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“Wright's crisp rhymes and droll cartoons should make picky eaters smile, and perhaps consider a little diversity in their own diets.” Publishers Weekly

“[Wright’s] 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....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 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] children’s 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 home’s 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 Wright’s bedtime story about a kid who can’t sleep unless he’s 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 . . . 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 for Jake Starts School


“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 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

School Library Journal
Gr 1—Picky eater Jake's food of choice is peanut butter. "He would not try tomatoes or a single Brussels sprout./And if he tasted something new, he'd spit that thing right out." In an attempt to expand their son's palate, his parents offer to add peanut butter to each meal. After a week of "peanut butter pot roast/served with peanut butter rice" and "peanut butter soda/chilled with peanut butter ice," Jake's obsession starts to wane and he hankers for a balanced diet that even includes lima beans. The exaggerated humor in the rhyming text includes "peanut butter poop." Equally over-the-top are Wright's bright, bold, and droll cartoon illustrations. Tuna casseroles haunt Jake's dreams and newspaper headlines read, "Peanut Butter Sales Thru Roof." A deliciously kooky tale.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312549671
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 722,162
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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 . 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.

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