Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Everybodeee! The Monster At The End of This Book review

Recently someone sent out a tweet asking people to retweet their favorite children's book. We retweeted The Monster At The End of This Book and the tweeter asked back, "Is it scary?". We assume they had not heard of this book so when we decided to start a blog focusing solely on funny picturebooks we had to start with this one.


Ready to feel old? This book was originally published in 1971 so it makes sense that new parents may not know about it. Trust us, it is timeless and just as funny today as it was when Three Dog Night's 'Joy To The World' was topping the charts. We told you it might make you feel old :).

This is a quick read picture book where lovable Grover attempts to construct barriers to keep the reader from turning pages. There is a monster at the end of the book and he is very scared. As pages are turned destruction escalates and Grover becomes more and more frightened. We won't spoil the ending in case you are one of the few who hasn't read it, but everything works out in the end.

Our favorite part of the book? "Did you know you are very strong?"

This is one of the few books you will read to a child where it will turn into a writhing fit. Our experience is that the child will either want to help Grover keep the pages from turning, or will take glee in turning the pages to cause destruction. Either way fits of giggling and shouting will erupt.

This is not a bedtime story.

This book will be even more fun if you imitate Grover's voice while reading. Channel your inner thespian, read this to a preschooler and get ready for the fun.

Here is a youtube link of Grover reading the book if you want to practice.

Do you think another picture book is funnier than this one? Leave a comment and we'll take a look at it for a possible review, and please let us know if you have a fun time reading this to one of your little ones!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Welcome! Who is Jake and why does he like books?

Welcome all to Jake Dog's Blog! First, Jake was our dog for just over 12 years. We are biased, but we thought he was possibly the greatest dog ever. He was a Golden Retriever Aussie Shepherd mix from a rescue litter, and we had great fun with him. Truthfully, Jake wasn't much of a reader, but he loved to lay at our feet while we read (or did anything else for that matter).

When we decided to start writing children's books it was an easy choice on what to name our self publishing company. Jake Dog Stories has published three picture books all written and illustrated by this husband and wife team. We are having a ball writing, illustrating, and interacting with others through social media who love books. The books are all available on Amazon if you are interested in looking them up.

Our new experience in publishing is the reason behind Jake Dog's Blog. We have noticed that the few blogs devoted to picture books lean heavily towards the large publishers. We like many of those books too, but think new authors need more forums to share and receive feedback about their work. Many blogs will review picture books as part of their YA reviews and that is great, but this blog will focus only on picture books.

We like books that make kids smile (see our profile bio) so the books we choose to review will mostly be books that we think will make kids happy. Our kids always wanted to read the funny books over and over so they have a special place in our hearts. I am sure we will throw the occasional serious book in now and then, but Jake liked to play and have fun so that will be the focus of our blog.

If you know of a picture book that is funny or makes kids smile let us know about it and maybe you will see it on a new post soon. The first review will be about one of the funniest children's books ever! DO NOT COME BACK TO THIS BLOG IF YOU ARE SCARED OF MONSTERS. That was a hint.