Books by Jake Parker

THE LITTLE SNOWPLOW WISHES FOR SNOW by Lora Koehler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Best suited for those who scan the winter skies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mother Nature doesn't always play fair when it comes to hopes and dreams. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS FOR DINNER by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2019

"Mannered, yes. Containing advice on manners? Not so much. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mind your manners? Don't mind if they do! Read full book review >
THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"This will interest kids who love their vehicles, but the text simply doesn't take flight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011) moves on to a different kind of vehicle with this rhyming story about the invention of alternative sleighs for Santa's Christmas Eve deliveries. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY ON ITH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"The jokes, however, have improved since the first volume, and kids with a taste for weirdness will be eager to start again with Book 3. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Patrick Griffin's second adventure seems to start over with every chapter. Read full book review >
LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >
WHO'S THE GROSSEST OF THEM ALL? by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Since the most natural audience for a grossness contest is typically past picture books, subject and format seem to be a classic mismatch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest in the unquenchable who's-the-most horrible, hideous, revolting, repulsive, disgusting, gross, and vile genre. Read full book review >
PATRICK GRIFFIN'S LAST BREAKFAST ON EARTH by Ned Rust
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The story could use less of the villain and more of the giant jackalope. But then, every book needs more jackalopes. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
For a story about parallel worlds, this book is hardly science fiction at all. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SNOWPLOW by Lora Koehler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"There's always room for another well-told yarn espousing the themes of small-is-beautiful, hard work pays off, and, of course, 'I think I can.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite skepticism from bigger vehicles, the small, new-kid-on-the-block snowplow works to stay fit, sure that he will be useful one day soon. Read full book review >
THE TOOTH FAIRY WARS by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"Go, Nathan! Stick it to the Man...er, Fairy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad's determination to keep his baby teeth sets him against not only the tooth fairy, but the whole Fay bureaucracy behind her. Read full book review >
THE ASTONISHING SECRET OF AWESOME MAN by Michael Chabon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Chabon snags his youngest audience yet with this first-person profile of a superhero who battles both bad guys and anger issues. Read full book review >
MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Agent Hyde, the son of a senator and a rookie, is willing to please, but part of his job (according to Chief Maxwell) is to keep Missile Mouse from making costly mistakes. The two are to retrieve a missing scientist who holds the key to a horrible weapon, the Star Crusher, in his hereditary memory. They rescue Ulrich Vondorf from the Rogue Imperium of Planets (RIP)—but not before RIP gets most of the info they need. Missile Mouse must find the last stash of dark plasma before RIP, but that's not the only hurdle GSA's finest is going to face! An animation artist for such companies as Disney & Nick as well as a comics artist, Parker produces a first full-length graphic novel that's a gem in story and art. Bright, action-filled, at times wordless panels keep the pages turning. Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >