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Jake's Monster Mess

Written by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Chris Nixon


Jake’s room is only slightly messy — until Dad asks him to tidy it.

He’s emptied his sock drawers and his toy cupboard and he’s dragged out all the dusty forgotten stuff from under his bed.

THIS TIME, Jake is going to do the job properly. There’s a surprise in store for Dad, but it isn’t the one Jake planned!

‘Jake’s predicament is realistic and heart rending, especially as he is left on his own to do it all … a very readable story for beginner readers.’ Canberra Times

‘… a comedy of escalation as the best of intentions go bad … This is an ideal short chapter novel for newly independent readers … Chris Nixon’s dynamic illustrations complement the story without getting in the way. Best of all, Jake is an endearing, likeable character with whom young readers will easily identify.’ Child Magazine

‘The latest offering from Aussie author Ken Spillman (Fremantle Press) will grab your reluctant boy readers and have them chuckling from cover to cover.’ Bright Hub

ISBN 9781921696039 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Younger Readers
Pages 48
Publication Year 2010
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