Jake The Snake and The Stupid Time-Out Chair by Shelly Faith Nicholson - Review

From Amazon.com:
"Jake the Snake is a rambunctious kindergartner who is always getting into mischief! And when that happens, he is sent to the “stupid time-out chair.” Jake the Snake is scared Santa Claus is watching and will bring a stupid lump of coal for Christmas ’cause Christmas isn’t far away! When Jake the Snake drowns his brother’s pet lizard in chocolate sauce, he is really afraid. But things only get worse when Jake the Snake goes to the mall to visit Santa and barfs in the mall elf’s hat! Will Jake the Snake get a stupid lump of coal for Christmas? Or will Santa forgive him for all the naughty things he’s done all year?"

My Thoughts:

Ahhhh, life through the eyes of Jacob Sylvester Nelson. Or as his friends and family lovingly refer to him as "Jake The Snake". Well, Mr. Jake the Snake is an important five and three quarters years old. Don't forget, that three quarters is VERY important to a kindergartner!

Poor Jake. His intentions are always so well meaning, like attempting to do laundry and building a sandcastle out of laundry detergent to help his mom out. Or dangling from a chandelier like a monkey. Or trying to help his poor tired dad out by trying to put the star on the Christmas tree by himself. He even accidentally drowned his brother's lizard, Larry, in chocolate that was being melted on the stove for pretzels. Unfortunately, for Jake the Snake, his intentions albeit good, turn into disasters and he winds up in "Stupid Time-Out Chair". He tries to be good so Santa won't being him a new "North Pole Mom" or a "lump of coal".

This book was adorable, funny and lil Jake The Snake is so endearing. He tries so hard but his brain thinks he has a good idea but trouble ensues! Shelly Faith Nicholson did a great job writing through the eyes of a five year old boy. Oops, I mean a five and three quarters year old boy!

Unfortunately my daughter's attention didn't hold for this book, however, she does like something with more bright pictures. However, I enjoyed the story and it will make for great reading for a young child to enjoy! Jake's antics are hilarious and makes you say "Boys will be boys!" I highly recommend this book for children ages 5-8.. maybe even up to nine.

Make sure you visit the author's website at www.booksbyshelly.com for more information and printable coloring pages!

Enjoy the book trailer:



  1. Stopping by to see your review of J/J - I'll look for it.

    I would read the book if it was mostly about Julie if it is more compelling than the movie made those parts - which I would imagine it is! :) But, I'd like another movie about Julia Child!


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