Review: Jake the Fake Keeps it Real
Jake’s sister Lisa is a highly successful student at the Music and Art Academy – a school for gifted kids – so it’s expected Jake will go there too. He wins a spot at his audition by playing “Song for My Father” on the piano. There’s a problem, though – it’s the only song he knows and he really doesn’t know how to read music. When school starts in the fall, Jake wonders how he’ll make it without everyone else figuring out he’s a fake. Something happens, though, to make him realize he just might have some talent after all.
JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach is so much fun! Jake’s sister is practically perfect and excels at the Music and Art Academy. It seems she’s good at everything. Jake feels like he’s not good at anything and doesn’t know how he’ll follow in her footsteps. He figures out that he should be himself instead of being like Lisa.
I think a lot of kids will relate to Jake – I know I would have when I was younger – and they’re sure to appreciate the wit and humor in this creative book. Keith Knight‘s illustrations fit the tone of the book perfectly. I love the message of JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL and I thought it was smart and funny so kids are sure to get the message. Pick this book up for the middle grade readers in your life.
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