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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hi Jack! by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

If you had x-ray vision, you’d know that I have a soft spot in my heart for early readers. You know what I’m talking about:

When I learned that Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli were teaming up for a new early reader series about a mischievous monkey called Hi Jack! I was happy to hear the news. I feel like the form is in good hands with those two. Barnett’s been circling early readers with his clear, concise writing in books like Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Triangle, and Pizzoli has a Theodor Geisel medal and honor (an award that often goes to early reader books) to his name.

So, for the very first time, let’s have a look at the covers of the first two books in the Jack series, Hi Jack! and Jack at Bat:

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Hi Jack

Jack at Bat

I had a few questions about the series, including:

  • How many bananas did Pizzoli draw for the books?
  • What is the perfect ripeness at which to enjoy a banana?
  • What are these books about?
  • How do you make an early reader?

I decided to get some answers by trying something I’ve never tried before: a Google hangout.

Jack Chat

Thank you Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli, and Bridget Hartzler.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Hey Travis,
    I wait up for your articles.This one was great about Hi Jack.Thanks