Meet Jake Wunderkind – your average 10-year-old kid. He goes to school, is annoyed by his younger brother and sister (who are twins), and is always looking forward to going on his next adventure. His Dad calls him Jake, the Adventurer – and most of the time he spends outside – imagining his next adventure, building a thingamajig – or playing electronic games. He lives in a red brick house in NC with his siblings, Mom and Dad.
He is really excited about going on vacation with his family, where – you will find out – a real adventure lay in-store.
Title: Jake’s Adventures – The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw.
Platform: Print, iOS, Kindle or Nook
Publication Date: 2012
Author and Illustrator: Melissa Perry Moraja
Review: Jake’s Adventures – The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw is perfect for a first chapter book for the reluctant reader, to add to the collection of a seasoned book-lover, and/or to add to your collection of books (because it’s really great).
For the Reluctant Reader
The story is engaging. From one chapter to the next, the story gets better and better. The adolescent issues and the family issues that it addresses are those that any 8-12 year old boy would experience. It’s so real, its uncanny. Your son will experience, or soon to be experiencing, some of the things Jake is experiencing in the book – about rules, about having annoying siblings, about being excited, about being questioned, and about not being believed.
Your reluctant, new or non-interested reader will take interest in Jake and his adventures. You will find that they are enthusiastic about reading this book.
For the Seasoned Book Lover
It’s not difficult to get these types to read. They will read 500 pages of myth, fantasy, intrigue, or whatever suits their interest. The problem is getting their heads out of books to do something else. The seasoned book reader will enjoy this book because it’s funny and the story flows well. The story is effortless in keeping the reader engaged and interested from beginning to end. It’s understandable – and is a great independent read. You will find it is a fast read for the book lover in your life, but is a book that they will probably pick up again and again.
For the Adult – Make it a Family Activity
It’s a great book for bringing the family together. After dinner and the homework is done, turn off the TV and give the gift of a great book. Jake’s Adventures – The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw is a fun read aloud for the family. Trust me, even the adults will enjoy and can identify with the Wunderkind family.
Homeschooling or School Supplement
You can create some discussion questions, comprehension exercises, or games and do them together during your family read aloud time, or the kids can do them independently. It’s a fun book to help your kids with comprehension, analysis and critical thinking skills. Using this book, it means more than reading a random passage in a workbook and answering questions. They are working off a book that is interesting and fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book to my son. Every night, he asked me – can you read Jake? It wasn’t a chore. It was a special time for both he and I – and he loved the book as much as I did. The story was out of this world fantastic. There were educational portions – where I found myself saying – really? It was funny. It was as if I was reading about a real family. Jake’s Adventures – The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw is a must read.
Melissa Perry Moraja did a really great job at capturing the essence of a 10-year-old boy and his family in this book. The thoughts and the feelings – especially about being the oldest and most mature – are those that my son has. Just yesterday my son told me that he was too grown up to watch the baby stuff on TV.
The illustrations are simple but effective. The story is clear, concise, real and effortlessly flows from beginning to end. The book is delightful. It’s almost as if Jake wrote the story and created the illustrations himself. My son could identify with and was engaged by the story.
I loved this book. Because of all of these reasons, I give this book 5 stars.
Rating: 5 + Stars
Ages: The entire family especially 6-12 year old boys
More about Melissa Perry Moraja: Melissa has written 3 self-help books, 4 children’s chapter books and 4 children’s picture books. She herself has 4 amazing children who have helped her to see the world through a child’s eyes. She is national and internationally known. She has been featured on both Television and radio. She received her undergraduate degree in finance from Northeastern University, Boston and has an MA in Marketing, Loyola University, Chicago. In her free time (does she have any?) she paints, coaches softball and soccer and volunteers.
To find Melissa on the web, visit her…
And don’t forget to keep up with Jake and all the adventures of the Wunderkind Family on their website.
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I received a copy of the eBook for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions stated herein are 100% my own.