[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] Jackson Jones, The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jennifer Kelly

Posted 30 September, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for sending me a review copy.***


Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university, spent many years writing bad poetry, and then decided to write a book. This is it. She is married to her best friend, Danny, and is mom to a five-year-old boy and a dog who worries too much. She embraces the ridiculousness and disorganization of life.

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Ari has worked as a freelance illustrator for a variety of projects, mostly in children’s media.  Her specialty is character design and she most enjoys illustrating humorous and wacky predicaments.

She studied editorial and children’s book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. She uses a variety of media to create my images both traditional and digital.

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Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310720796
ISBN-13: 978-0310720799


My Review:
If you like children’s books that will make you laugh and keep you AND your children hooked, then this book is a must read. It’s quirky, silly and captivating with pictures and words that the younger generation will be able to understand. The fantasy style of the book adds a bonus to keep the children hooked. Jennifer Kelly has created a book full of humor with lots of messages woven throughout that make this a easily read keeper! It’s hard to write an overly long review of a short, easy read such as this one,especially since I was able to read it one day. Jackson,the main character is a bit on the nerdy side(maybe that’s why I connected to this children’s book character so well?!) and Meeka was a beautifully created character to add just the right amount of support to this charming story! This is a book that I give 4 stars to, and will be reading it to my children often! I definitely recommend this book to everyone who wants a good laugh or have children who love to read and like to laugh! Well done, Jennifer, on an awesomely written children’s book!

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