Jake the Snake is a rambunctious kindergartner who is always getting into mischief! And when that happens, he is sent to the “stupid time-out chair.” Jake the Snake is scared Santa Claus is watching and will bring a stupid lump of coal for Christmas ’cause Christmas isn’t far away! When Jake the Snake drowns his brother’s pet lizard in chocolate sauce, he is really afraid. But things only get worse when Jake the Snake goes to the mall to visit Santa and barfs in the mall elf’s hat! Will Jake the Snake get a stupid lump of coal for Christmas? Or will Santa forgive him for all the naughty things he’s done all year?
I was sent this book by the author and my two younger kids could not have been more excited. They went to the mailbox with me everyday - well my stepdaughter did when she was with us and my son went everyday. When it arrived we had to drop everything and read the entire book. My son is 5 and we read it a few weeks before he started kindergarten. My step-daughter is 7.
The kids thought the mischief in the book was hilarious. When he hung on a chandelier and lost the lizard in the chocolate sauce they giggled. They knew that time out chair was coming!
The lesson in the end was great. It was nice to see the brothers showing love to one another since they fought like brothers for the rest of the book. I grew up with 3 brothers and the picking and arguing was pretty true for my house.
I do wish the pictures had been in color. The book was a bit long for my 5 year old since it didn't have bright colorful pages. He really enjoyed it and didn't leave while I was reading, but he did get a little fidgety. The book did say "stupid" and "ain't" which I teach my kids not to say, but that wasn't a biggie. The writing/talking narrative of the 5 year old was pretty true to their speech.
I knew the book was a success when I told the kids there was another book in the series and they wanted to know when it would arrive in the mail.
I have also read A Stinky Surprise for Jake the Snake and will be reading it to the kids mid-week. My review will be posted after I get their reactions to it.
Blog Tour Schedule for A Stinky Surprise for Jake the Snake
August 30- www.kennedyandzach.blogspot.com
Aug 31- www.Booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com and
Sept 1- www.mindingspot.blogspot.com
Sept 3- www.molcotw.blogspot.com
Sept 4- www.molcotw.blogspot.com
Sept 5 www.thatsanovelidea.blogspot.com - The author will do a guest post!
Sept 6 www.theclockmonkey2.blogspot.com