The Resource Jake the fake keeps it real, Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach ; art by Keith Knight

Jake the fake keeps it real, Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach ; art by Keith Knight

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Jake the fake keeps it real
Title
Jake the fake keeps it real
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Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach ; art by Keith Knight
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Language
eng
Summary
Having faked his way into the Music and Art Academy, a performing arts school for gifted students where his talented older sister rules, sixth-grader Jake, a jokester who can barely play an instrument, will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him
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  • Grades 3-6 Jake’s sure he doesn’t belong at Music and Arts Academy. He squeaked through his piano audition with some tips from his perfect sister, but music’s not his strong suit, and now he’s waiting for the day his teachers discover he’s really a fraud. But while he’s busy completing bizarre assignments (like a book report on a book that doesn’t exist) and doing his best flight under the radar by fitting in with the weird crowd, he’s also discovering a new talent: comedy. Robinson and Mansbach amp up the laughs in this wry novel, especially when readers get glimpses of some of African American Jake’s assignments (made even more uproarious by Knight’s caricature-like spot illustrations). There’s a solid message here, but it fittingly takes a backseat to the over-the-top school antics, which are made even more outlandish in Jake’s straight-faced, first-person narrative. With comical characters, relatable stakes, and an unobtrusive kernel of a lesson about creativity at its heart, this series starter will likely find an easy audience among middle-schoolers, especially Wimpy Kid fans. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 1/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 9, p93)
  • Gr 3–6—Jake is starting sixth grade at the Music and Art Academy (M&AA). He's nervous not just because he's at a new school but also because his sister is an incredibly talented senior there and Jake might have gotten in by accident: he faked playing the piano and singing an original song. His struggles to fit in with the "weird and artsy" kids at his new school make up the bulk of the plot until the end-of-the-semester talent show is announced and Jake can't think of something to do. He eventually finds his real talent right onstage. Accompanied by comic strip—style art, this tale of middle school woes from Robinson (of The Office fame) and Mansbach (Go the Fuck to Sleep) hits a few humorous notes and more than a few flats. Notably, Jake's jokes sometimes rely on ableism (for example, he describes a piano piece as being so easy that "a guy with only two fingers could do it," further commenting, "That guy's nickname would be Peace Sign."). More disturbing, a whole segment follows the class on a field trip to the local mall, where they are assigned to go on a "vision quest" to find their "consumer spirit item" after an earlier reference to "a mummified Madagascar Monkey Porpoise," which serves as the teacher's former spirit animal. This type of flippant allusion to "spirit animals/items" perpetuates and affirms dangerous stereotypes about Native American cultures. VERDICT While fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" and Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" might enjoy some of the humor, the cultural insensitivities make this title a pass.—Brittany Drehobl, Eisenhower Public Library District, IL --Brittany Drehobl (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p90)
  • Actor/comedian Robinson, Go the F**k to Sleep author Mansbach, and The Knight Life cartoonist Knight team up for a slightly edgy spoof of touchy-feely, 
			experiential education in this heavily 
			illustrated story. Jake, an African-American sixth grader, has a severe case of imposter syndrome after cheating and faking his way into the elite Music and Art Academy. Jake’s gifted older sister, Lisa, thrives at the academy, where students are encouraged to get creative through assignments like chewing a piece of gum for six hours, then writing a play about it. Under the very loose tutelage of free-spirited Mr. Allen, Jake pushes the definition of artistic in order to “throw everybody off the scent of my fakeness,” finding freedom (and a cover) in intentionally bizarre behavior such as trash sculpting or creating bands that don’t play music. Knight’s zippy b&w spot illustrations play up the story’s gross-out humor—as in a scene of laser-beam-wielding dolphins decapitating radioactive kangaroos during Jake’s book report about an imaginary book—and a supporting cast of quirky art-school types rounds out this offbeat novel, first in a planned series. Ages 8–12. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/19/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 51, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10554664
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robinson, Craig
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.R6364
LC item number
Jak 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1976-
  • 1966-
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  • Mansbach, Adam
  • Knight, Keith
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True
Series statement
Jake the fake
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schools
  • Performing arts
  • Musicians
  • Gifted children
  • Brothers and sisters
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Jake the fake keeps it real, Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach ; art by Keith Knight
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
135 pages
Isbn
9780553523522
Lccn
2016008916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)953222820
Label
Jake the fake keeps it real, Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach ; art by Keith Knight
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
135 pages
Isbn
9780553523522
Lccn
2016008916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)953222820

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