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Jake Stays Awake


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Michael Wright is the author and illustrator of the picture books "Jake Starts School" and "Jake Goes Peanuts." He has worked in advertising as a copywriter and art director, creating some of the most memorable fish sticks commercials you've ever seen, and he has also worked designing animation and sets for television. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife Cheryl and three kids Mason, Sloane and Paxton, all of whom are now very good sleepers.


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" 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" 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" 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" 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" 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" Wright's illustrations suggest the kind of cartoon/graphic feel of the advertising world that he came from, and it may not be an accident that the child is shown as a short adult. "Children's Literature""

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