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Friday, March 17, 2017

6th MMGM: Jake The Fake Keeps It Real by Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach, Keith Knight (review, giveaway)

Welcome to Day 17 of the 6th Annual March MG Madness, featuring Craig Robinson; Adam Mansbach; and Keith Knight, and their book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real!

Jake the Fake Keeps It Real
By Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach
Illustrated by Keith Knight
March 28, 2017
Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: from pub for review
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!

Jokester Jake has just faked his way into a place at the Music and Art Academy for the musically and artistically gifted...neither of which he is. Surrounded by talented and sometimes endearingly oddball peers and even odder teachers, Jake must quickly learn to fake it. But with the big end of semester showcase coming up, can Jake really fake it or will he earn his place at the Academy for real?

Comedian Craig Robinson, author Adam Mansbach, and renowned cartoonist Keith Knight, have teamed up to create the gigglesnort inducing, surprisingly heartfelt, and irresistibly charming Jake the Fake Keeps It Real.

With age appropriate, yet completely clever, zany, and fun humor, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real brings the laughs by the bucketful. This quick read, aimed at the younger middle-grade crowd, seriously and literally had me laughing out loud from start to finish. Told from Jake’s earnest and delightful POV, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real has a pitch-perfect and unforgettable voice. Along with lovable Jake, readers will meet an eclectic and likable cast of wacky, cool, bizarre, adorkable, and awesomely weird characters. Keith Knight’s expressive and silly cartoons bring Jake’s story to life brilliantly.

And underneath all that perfect humor and fun, the authors send a wonderful and relevant message about being true to one’s self and finding beauty in differences.

I just couldn’t put Jake the Fake Keeps It Real down and eagerly await more from this dream team of funny men!

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,, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and The Funny Times.

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Jake the Fake Keeps It Real!
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Brenda said...

Jake the Fake sounds like it will be very amusing. Congratulations to the authors on its release.

anne s. said...

Oh I can't wait to pass this along to my son who will be a fan of this book!

Danielle H. said...

Based on the comparison books, I'm going to adore this one! I love humor and everyone needs laughter in their lives and this book will do just that. Love the idea and cover!!

Carl Scott said...

Sounds like fun, I hope Jake figures it out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Lisa Maucione said...

This book has been on my to be read list since I first heard of it a few months ago. I have many students who love funny books.