After school, Jake hurries to his Uncle Rocco's crazy, mixed-up Italian restaurant to play with food and dig into a new book Whether juggling ravioli, bowling with mozzarella balls, or playing spaghetti pick-up sticks, Jake and his uncle serve up heaping portions of fun. So when the business next door moves out, Jake sets out on a mission to find a new neighbor for his Uncle's Italian joint. Jake's story teaches kids about the joy of learning, the fun of reading with family, and the importance of community.
Mouthwatering images of pepperoni pizzas and spaghetti and meatballs leap off the page with vibrant colors and crisp lines. The illustrations convey the exuberance and playfulness that Jake and his Uncle Rocco experience every day. Jake and Rocco encourage children to read, laugh, and cook something crazy
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About the AuthorMargo Sorenson is the author of over twenty-five books for young readers. She has received recognition and awards from various groups, including the American Library Association. She also wrote the children's story, Ambrose and the Princess published by Liturgical Press.
A student of the sacred sciences since childhood, deTraci Regula explores the mystical through writing, dreams, and art. She has been a Priestess of Isis with the Fellowship of Isis since 1983. With David Harrington, she is the co-author of the upcoming biography of their friend Scott Cunningham, Whispers of the Moon. In addition to work in the animation industry on such secular epics as the animated version of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, she also produced and directed the video programs Herb Magic with Scott Cunningham and Witchcraft: Yesterday and Today with Raymond Buckland. She has traveled to sacred sites in Turkey, China, Japan, and Britain, as well as the United States.
When not writing, deTraci Regula practices Taoist painting and exploring the family geneaology. Named for her ancestor William deTraci, deTraci Regula comes from a long line of pagans and freethinkers. One of her ancestors was chastised by the local bishop for "consorting magically with the horses," though what that means exactly has been mysteriously excised from the family histories. Another ancestor, a Protestant during the reign of the Catholic Queen, "Bloody" Mary, was dug up and burned as a heretic after his death because of certain comments he made in his last will and testament.