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Comedian, musician, and actor Craig Robinson is best known for his role as the acerbic Dunder Mifflin employee, Darryl Philbin, on NBC’s The Office, as well as Hollywood comedy blockbusters This Is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine, Tyler Perry’s Peeples, and Pineapple Express. His Hollywood career spans nearly two decades.
He now transitions his flair for humor from the screen to the page in his authorial debut, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real. The book is the part one of the new Jake the Fake collection created for children ages 8-12.
Before going into show business, Robinson was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Chicago, and at Henry Eggers Middle School in Hammond, Indiana. These experiences, as well as his experience as a student attending Chicago’s first public magnet school, lend to this hilarious middle grade series that details the adventures of Jake as he takes on the Music and Art Academy.
Jake is a prankster – a true class clown. Yet when it comes to the arts, Jake can barely play an instrument, not even a kazoo.
And what exactly is his art? Well, it’s much more Pictionary than Picasso. Which is a real problem because Jake just faked his way into the Music and Art Academy for the gifted and talented (and Jake is pretty sure he is neither). More jokester than composer, Jake will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.
Co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach and featuring more than 160 illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real is a sidesplitting, middle-grade illustrated novel that’s sure to bring the laughs with young readers!
During my chat with Craig Robinson, he shared more details about how the process of writing his first children’s book came together. Craig also shared more info on the main character Jake, the messages he hopes children learn by reading the book, and what’s to come in the book series as well as in his career.
Take a look below.