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Jake's Great Game

Written by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Chris Nixon


Jake just knows he’s going to be awesome at soccer. He’ll run down the pitch, super-fast and much too tricky for the other players. He’ll fire the ball at goal like a cannon.

But Jake quickly discovers that soccer isn’t as easy as it looks. When he isn’t tripping, he’s slipping. His dribbling looks like bad passing and his passing looks like bad dribbling. Will he ever get his great game?

‘The basis of this story should ring plenty of bells for parents who support their kids’ sporting endeavours, whatever the weather or their offspring’s talent.’ The Examiner

‘Terrific News! Jake is back … This is the fourth book in the ’Jake’ series and it’s just as fast-paced and exciting as the earlier ones. [four out of five stars]’ Good Reading Magazine

‘A funny short book for seven to eight-year-olds.’ Cairns Post

‘Children will love this story and its very appealing illustrations.’ The West Australian

‘… a great little read, ideal for younger readers and with some excellent messages …’ IC3

ISBN 9781921888502 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Younger Readers
Pages 48
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Chris nixon for website

    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