Jake Starts School

Michael Wright; Illustrated by the author

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It’s Jake’s first day of school. He doesn’t want his mom and dad to leave him there, alone. Now, Jake and his parents have to spend the first day of school together. Finger painting. Sharing snacks. Playing on the seesaw. Will Jake ever be able to stay at school on his own? The answer will delight and reassure children and their (anxious) parents!


Read an Excerpt

Then there is was, Room Number 1,where Jake would join his class.It looked so big, he felt so small,he passed a little gas.


Praise for Jake Starts School

Praise for Jake Starts School:
“Bug-eyed Jake is back with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten . . . Wright’s background in cartoons and film is clearly evident, and his eccentric portrayal of people who all look like giant thumbs with arms and legs is his trademark. The preposterously shaped characters, pithy rhymes and the many emotions expressed by just a few differently drawn lines make this an enjoyable graphic experience.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Michael Wright’s bright, bold illustrations in Jake Starts School look like they are a cartoon!  The book is full of humor and funny bird’s-eye view perspectives, and it’s Homer Simpson-esque in a good, ages four-to-seven kind of way.”--Bookpage
“The author uses gentle humor to portray an extreme case of separation anxiety and show how absurd it would be to not actually separate.”--San Francisco Chronicle
"A hilarious tale of nerves."--New York Post
Praise for Jake Stays Awake:
“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
“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

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  • Michael Wright; Illustrated by the author

  • Michael Wright is the author and illustrator of the picture books Jake Stays Awake 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 children, Mason, Sloane, and Paxton, all of whom survived their first days of school.
  • Michael Wright
    Michael Wright


Available Formats and Book Details

Jake Starts School

Michael Wright; Illustrated by the author

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