Just One Flake

Travis Jonker

Book cover for Just One Flake
Book cover for Just One Flake

Just One Flake

Just One Flake

Travis Jonker

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"A satisfying snow day saga." --Kirkus
A Good Housekeeping Best Book

Just One Flake is a hilarious celebration of wintertime, curiosity, and outdoor play in this author-illustrated picture book debut from acclaimed creator and elementary school librarian Travis Jonker.

It's snowing outside! Liam rushes out into the squall, determined to catch one perfect snowflake. He tries any number of tricks to complete his mission, but each time he is thwarted.

He sticks out his tongue and looks up . . . nope. He builds a snowman, climbing up to get a little closer to the snow . . . still nope. He runs around the yard--tongue still out--because faster is better, right? Wrong! Nothing seems to work. Until, in a final leap of faith, he catches that one flake . . . in a way he never expected. And the snowflake itself is pretty unexpected too.

From librarian and picture book creator Travis Jonker comes a hilarious and satisfying story all about outdoor play and the natural world's stunning surprises.

About the Author

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian and the creator of 100 Scope Notes, a kidlit blog hosted by School Library Journal. Jonker is the author of the picture books Blue Floats Away and The Very Last Castle. Just One Flake is his author-illustrator debut. He lives with his wife and two children in Zeeland, Michigan.

Critical Reviews

"suggests that fulfilling the spirit, rather than the letter, of a quest can garner significant rewards."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Highly recommended, this humorous and cozy book is an excellent ­addition to any collection."-- "School Library Journal"

"[J]ust the right amount of wonder and beauty to this whimsical tale. A satisfying snow day saga."-- "Kirkus"

"[T]he simplicity of the art and text' make it a delightfully silly fit for a quick weather related storytime or lapsit read that will encourage discussion about snow activities and easy tie-in crafts."-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

"Here is a universal tale for children lucky enough to live where winter brings snowfalls."-- "Booklist"

Publishing Information

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pub date: 2023-10-10
Length: 48 pages
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