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Jake's Gigantic List

Written by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Chris Nixon


Jake wants it all. His birthday list is longer than an anaconda and there’s no way he’s asking for socks or jocks. Nope, this birthday he wants a pirate, a dinosaur and a leopard! Luckily for Jake, Auntie Lyn knows just where to find all three. Packed with fun illustrations by Chris Nixon, Jake’s Gigantic List is about discovering the magic of a great story.

‘Terrific for early readers of simple, illustrated chapter books.’ The Herald Sun

‘Boys, particularly those who find books daunting, will enjoy this book.’ Aussie Reviews

‘This is an exciting, fast-paced story for beginner readers. The characters are well developed and likeable; young readers may see some of themselves in Jake. Nixon’s black and white illustrations are full of life and humour, giving the story an extra dimension.’ Magpies

‘Gentle jokes abound, and boys especially will enjoy the idea of creating their own adventure packed birthday lists. The black and white pencil sketch illustrations by Chris Nixon add a fun dimension. Dragons, piranhas and robots are all cutely rendered in cartoon form, enticing the young reader into the joys of literacy.’ Bookseller+Publisher

ISBN 9781921361715 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Pages 48
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Chris Nixon

    Chris Nixon is an illustrator, designer and creative director based in Perth, Australia. Inspired by the West Coast and classic surf culture with an emphasis on the handmade and crafted, his textured work and direction spreads across a wide range of media. From children’s books to animation, commercial illustration to large scale public art, Nixon threads a distinct style across all scales and sizes to extend his creativity. Chris has created several large scale artworks which have been installed around Australia and has exhibited work in Tokyo, Berlin, Bali, Sydney and Melbourne.  Read more

  • Ken spillman

    Ken Spillman

    Ken Spillman grew up in Perth and has been a full-time professional writer for most of his adult life. During 2008, Ken was a keynote speaker at the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference and a guest of the Tasmanian Writers Centre, the Mussoorie International Writers’ Festival, and the Delhi Children’s Literature Festival. Read more