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Review: Jake the Fake Keeps it Real

March 25, 2017



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.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2017 9:08 am

    I would have loved this when I was a kid!

  2. March 25, 2017 10:53 am

    This sounds interesting. Now of course I am curious as to what his talent is!

  3. March 25, 2017 11:38 am

    Such fun! Thanks for sharing…and I agree that kids will be able to connect to this one.

  4. March 25, 2017 12:27 pm

    I like the concept–how do you fake your way through something. Maybe you don’t and you just go with the truth. Sounds like it is a fun story

  5. March 25, 2017 3:20 pm

    This sounds like a terrific book for middle grade readers. I enjoyed your review.

  6. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 25, 2017 4:53 pm

    I have this one to read soon. I’m glad you enjoyed it! It looks like a really fun read.


  7. Patty permalink
    March 25, 2017 6:37 pm

    Kids love books like this!

  8. Literary Feline permalink
    March 26, 2017 1:45 am

    I can see why this one would be a favorite among kids. It sounds like a good one!

  9. March 26, 2017 1:22 pm

    This sounds like one my 10 year-old son would like.

  10. March 27, 2017 10:02 am

    Don’t you just love books that deliver a message to kids but stop short of preaching? Ruta Sepetys’ YA novels about WWII – Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Grey – do exactly that.

  11. March 27, 2017 11:20 am

    I think some adults can relate to Jake sometimes too! You ever get those I’m not so great at anything blues.

  12. April 1, 2017 10:02 pm

    I sure could have used this book when my Jake was growing up and thought his oldest sister was practically perfect!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    April 6, 2017 7:39 am

    This one looks adorable… and funny! I get kids will relate to it!

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