Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Jacob's Journal of Doom

by Shelly (I read kids books) Brown

So this came out TODAY and here are my two cents on
Jacob’s Journal
 Of Doom

Alright I loved this story for several reasons.

Reason #1: I have a 10 year old son and the voice in this book is spot-on

Reason #2: My 10 yo son picked it up right away and started reading it. What surprised me more is that my 8 yo daughter picked it up as well and has passed my son up. She seems to really enjoy it.

Reason #3: It's fun and fast paced like a Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants but without the icky/naughty parts. I don't have super strong feelings about the other books. We actually have them in our house (as well as Ook & Glock) but it's like the same thing but without the crude stuff. (Alright they do say the word toot. I'll let that slide ;)

Reason #4: There is a good message. Even good for me. But since Jacob is a 6th grader it is very much a 6th grader's POV on the message. He struggles with it and it doesn't get tied up in a nice little bow. I like things that don't get tied up in a nice little bow.

Reason #5: It's funny. I like funny.

Now for the disclaimer: This is put out by Deseret Book and is overtly LDS. Jacob goes to church and references LDS scriptures occasionally. 

I love a good book for kids. I actually begged my son to bring home the Origami Yoda/Darth Paper books from his library so that I could read them after he did. So fun! I read Jacob's Journal of Doom in 2 days while I did my chores around the house. (Yes, that kind of multitasking leads to injuries) It is a simple entertaining read.

I am impressed with Kenneth Pike (husband of Aprilynne Pike) and Isaac Stewart's joint venture. I look forward to more in the future.

P.S. There are some fun How-to-Draw videos on their website HERE


  1. Thanks for the rec! My nephew would love this. :)

  2. Looks pretty good. I love to support LDS authors and book put out by Shadow Mountain. I just wish they hadn't made the cover look SO MUCH like Wimpy Kid. It makes the books feel like a copy cat and I'm sure the authors didn't want that at all.

  3. Thanks so much for your kind review of the book! I am so glad that you enjoyed it.

  4. Sounds like a great read! There aren't enough stories out there for boys, this looks great. :)

  5. I'll have to check it out. My kids are a little old for it, but I have nephews that are tough to buy for.


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