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About Mr. Jay
Well, hello there! Thanks for visiting my author page.
I'm Mr. Jay, and I have the best career on the planet - I get to spend my days creating amazing characters and writing stories about them that, for reasons I can't possibly imagine, people seem to like. So far, I've written books like "Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll," "Tess, the Tin that Wanted to Rock," "Do Pebbles Eat Chili?", "The Masterpiece," "The Bear and the Fern," and a few books that will be coming out soon, such as "Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book," "Tyrannosaurus Hex," and others.
But the best part is that in between all of my writing, I get to travel around the country visiting school and meeting the most amazingly awesome kids ever. I read my books and then we discuss what they're about, and I always love hearing how kids interpret the stories that I write and discussing it with them.
I live in New Jersey (yes, by choice), and I have a wife, Amanda, who helps me improve all of my books as I write them, and a daughter named Bria who is the inspiration for many of the stories that I come up with.
I also love hearing from teachers and parents and kids, so please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
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This time, when Patrick sees a sign announcing story time is coming up, he's the first to arrive. But to his dismay, however, he arrives hours early, and the wait just feels like forever. Patrick has his work cut out for him to keep himself occupied, and not go stir-crazy during his very long wait.
Was it five yet? He looked at the clock just to see,
but oh no! It was only two minutes past three.
It felt like a week had already gone by -
and for a moment he thought he might break down and cry.
He had to find something to pass time along,
so he decided to start...by singing a song.
He began with "Dem Bones," right into "Blind Mice"
then some '80s rock ballads that he thought were quite nice.
He was dancing around, having all sorts of fun, and the next thing he knew, it was 3:31.
Join Patrick Picklebottom as he explores his imagination to make the longest wait ever a while lot more fun. Using art and music, Patrick creates new worlds for himself and the reader, showcasing that in any trip, there's far more fun in the journey than in the destination. And with a surprise twist at the end, we never know where his imagination will take us next!
Written lyrically by Mr. Jay, bestselling author of Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book, this latest addition to the Patrick Picklebottom collection expands on what is sure to become a classic character in children's literature.
I smile wide, I feel such pride, my heart pounds in my chest,
I know for sure, I want to roar, I'm really pretty blessed.
There are no words, no way to say, how I feel about you, dear…
You're my whole world, my everything, and I think that's pretty clear.
In moments that I hold you close, I feel my soul is freed,
There is no question, please have no doubt...you're pretty loved, indeed.
Written in first person as a dialog between a parent (or grandparent) and a small child, Pretty Loved uses a variety of adorably illustrated animals, including hippos, penguins, giraffes, elephants and more to detail all of the reasons why that child is unconditionally loved.
Written by Mr.Jay, bestselling autrhor of Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll, this unique, lyrically written "I love you" book will become a cherished gift and go-to item on any bookshelf.
Get ready to meet a new rock group! From zippy, little pebbles to big strong boulders, the rocks get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, only to find that one of their friends, Ricky, can't roll with them. Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can't roll because he's flat on one side.
Except for poor Ricky, who quietly sat.
You see, Rick couldn't roll, because one side was flat.
His friends didn't get it,
"Come Roll!" they would chant.
So Ricky tried, but replied,
"I'm sorry, I can’t.”
Determined not to leave their friend behind, the rocks set out to help Ricky roll around - one way or another. This sweet, imaginative picture book, written in verse, brings a fresh set of characters to life in a story that highlights perseverance and triumph in the face of adversity, and the power of true friendship.
From the best-selling author of Tess, the Tin that Wanted to Rock, The Bear and the Fern and Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book comes this fun, funny and heartwarming that is loved by kids, parents and teachers alike.
Combining the spirit of Shel Silverstein, the heart of Mo Willems and the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss, Ricky, the Rock is ideal for children ages 3-9 and Pre K-3rd grade. This original story featuring the "You Rock Group" is a book that kids are sure to cherish as they grow, and ask to read over and over again!
Kids ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
A fun day of playing the jungle goes terribly wrong after Anda trips and falls over a tree trunk. That's followed by a long lone at the ice cream parlor, where they run out of her favorite flavor! Then, as if all of that wasn't bad enough, it starts to rain! There can only be one explanation: Anda is hexed and has terrible luck!
"There's nothing to question, no reason to doubt,
that bad luck always follows when I'm out and about."
She got herself up and brushed herself off,
kicking up dust that caused her to cough.
"There's an ugly black cloud floating over my head,
and I'd be better off staying in bed!" Anda said.
But in a classic story of the "glass being half full," her very positive, happy-go-lucky dinosaur friend, Bull, helps Anda realize that luck is simply a matter of perspective. After all, rain doesn't have to ruin the day - it could just be a chance to play in the mud!
From the best-selling author of Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll, Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book and The Bear and the Fern comes this fun, funny and meaningful story with a lesson that every child (and many adults!) will benefit from.
Combining the spirit of Shel Silverstein, the heart of Mo Willems and the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss, Ricky, the Rock is ideal for children ages 3-9 and Pre K-3rd grade. This original story is a book that kids are sure to cherish as they grow, and ask to read over and over again!
Kids ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
If you loved "Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll" and "Tess, the Tin that Wanted to Rock," or even if you enjoy short, lyrically written stories, you're going to love these - 26 in all, including:
PETS AND THEIR OWNERS
Some rocks like puppies, and some rocks like fish.
For some, an iguana is their only pet wish.
Some rocks like kittens, and other like birds.
Some prefer zebras, ‘cause they travel in herds.
They debated all day and all through the night,
about which pet was wrong and which pet was right.
Then onto the hill, and from out of the blue,
came a small baby tiger who’d escaped from the zoo.
There was no more debate, as they firmly agreed,
that this was their pet, and a great pet indeed.
They brushed down her fur, and gave her some food,
and sang her soft songs when she seemed in the mood.
The tiger gave kisses, and rides on her back,
and protected the rocks, in case of attack.
They all loved each other, it was quite plain to see,
as they huddled together in the shade of a tree.
But they started to wonder, as the sun slowly set:
which was the owner, and which was the pet?
So join Marvin, Ricky, Tess and all of their rock and pebble friends (and one wise little ladybug) in a variety of stories that are sometime hilariously outlandish, sometimes thought-provoking, but always a thrill to read. Along with the the rock friends, you'll meet a sleepy purple cow who loves to chat, a group of tux-wearing ducks, a reckless meteor looking for a place to hide, bubble-stealing stones, a pebble who can never get enough... and so much more! Plus, find out the secret meaning of "Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll" in a special lyrical message directly from the author.
Written by best-selling author Mr. Jay, and illustrated by Lana Wright (who is only 9 years old!), "Do Pebbles Eat Chili?" combines the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss, the playfulness or Mo Willems and the spirit and creativity of Shel Silverstein, and is ideal for kids ages 3-11 and grades K-3....and for adults, too!
Kids ages: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
Grades: Pre K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
And adults of any age!