After school, Jake hurries to his Uncle Rocco’s crazy, mixed-up Italian restaurant to play with food and dig into a new book! Whether juggling ravioli, bowling with mozzarella balls, or playing spaghetti pick-up sticks, Jake and his uncle serve up heaping portions of fun. So when the business next door moves out, Jake sets out on a mission to find a new neighbor for his Uncle’s Italian joint. Jake’s story teaches kids about the joy of learning, the fun of reading with family, and the importance of community.
Mouthwatering images of pepperoni pizzas and spaghetti and meatballs leap off the page with vibrant colors and crisp lines. The illustrations convey the exuberance and playfulness that Jake and his Uncle Rocco experience every day. Jake and Rocco encourage children to read, laugh, and cook something crazy!
About the Author
Award-winning author Margo Sorenson was born in Washington, DC, but spent the first seven years of her life in Spain and Italy, cultivating her love for reading. After teaching at the middle- and high-school levels, Sorenson became a full-time writer of children’s and young adult fiction. Through her characters, Sorenson hopes to introduce kids to new ideas and experiences.
About the Illustrator
David Harrington’s affinity for art began at a young age, when he drew on everything—except paper. Since receiving a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including Pelican’s Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat, winner of the WWA Spur Award, Chachalaca Chiquita, Ole! Cinco de Mayo!, and The Boy Who Wouldn’t Read.
By Margo Sorenson
Illustrated By David Harrington
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3