My youngest son loves the Billie B Brown series but won’t be seen dead reading them in public because there is a GIRL on the front cover. So, for all those boys out there who are wondering why we never get to hear Jack’s side of the story, this series is for you.
Just as the Billie series is an antidote to all those fairy and princess books out there, the Jack books are for boys who can’t identify with action heroes or spies. Four books released in Feb 2012 with more to come.
At last - Billie B Brown’s best friend, Jack, gets his own series!

Here is what people have had to say about the series so far:

“I just wanted to write to let you know what a huge hit your new series Hey Jack is with the boys at Scotch. They absolutely love the stories, can totally relate to Jack and I've been using the stories across several year levels to teach and reinforce various concepts. Although I know the books are pitched towards Years 1 and 2, I've been reading them aloud up to Year 5 and involving the boys in excellent discussions on moods, relationships, controlling emotions, decision making and how our actions affect others.

We have spent ages discussing what they would do if they were in Jack's shoes and the older boys have then justified their opinions by putting forward arguments to support their ideas.

Congratulations on creating an outstanding series that has so much scope for discussion and that the boys just adore. Even when I've asked the boys to pick a favourite they just say, ‘All of them!’

We are looking forward to the next two books in the series.

  1. -Jocelyn Pride, Junior School Librarian, Scotch College, Feb 2012

“Billie B Brown has amassed a rather large following of fans, who will no doubt be familiar with her best friend, Jack. Now Jack has his very own series of books, starting with The Crazy Cousins, The Robot Blues, The Scary Solo and The Winning Goal.

In The Crazy Cousins, Jack is in a moochy mood. He’d much rather stay in his pyjamas and play with his Lego. But when his dad reminds him that his cousins are coming to play, Jack knows his dreams for a quiet day are over. Without even his best friend Billie by his side, what is Jack going to do?

The Hey Jack! series takes on a similar format to Billie B Brown: short, illustrated stories that won’t scare off beginner readers. And while these have been targeted mainly at boys, these are such fun there’s no reason they won’t appeal to everyone.

  1. -Holly Harper, children’s bookseller, Readings Carlton, Feb 2012.

“Sally Rippin’s latest series features a little boy named Jack who’s introduced at the start by the mood he’s currently feeling: for instance, jittery (because he wants to try for a solo in the school concert); wobbly (because he’s invited to a party where he doesn’t know anyone other than the host); bouncy (because it’s his first day at soccer practice) and moochy (because he wants to play alone). Fans of Rippin will recognise Jack as the best friend of Billie (who has her own series), and it’s great that he’s here to lure all the reluctant boy readers. The books are simple to read and cleverly pitched to the early primary set, with little life lessons and morals integrated into the stories. Jack learns the importance of teamwork as well as how to handle his jealousy when his friend succeeds. His unruly relatives teach him how to get along with others even when he doesn’t want to socialise. Though desperate to fit in like all kids, he also learns to accept his individuality when wearing a homemade robot costume while everyone else is wearing expensive superhero costumes at a fancydress party. The black-and-white illustrations break up the large-font text.”

  1. -Thuy On, Bookseller+Publisher magazine, summer edition 2012.

“Recommended for ages 5+. The very creative Jack has made his own costume to attend the birthday party of a friend from soccer. Up until the time for his departure arrives, he is excited and happy. Last minute nerves, however, leave Jack feeling 'wobbly'. Not only does he become nervous about his home made costume, he is aware that he won't know anyone else at the party. His mother jollies him along, using robot voices to encourage him. As they sit in the car and watch some of the other guests arrive, Jack is very aware that he will be different - the only child in a costume which is not store bought. Will he survive the festivities or go home feeling even more embarrassed?
Rippin cleverly achieves in this series, for boys, much the same as she does for girls in her Billie B Brown books. She takes a situation to which all children can relate, and considers the characters' emotions, actions and possible outcomes. Her messages to children are positive and filled with encouragement. With the large typeface and spacing and a multitude of illustrations, this title would be accessible to many emergent readers as well as lending itself to be used as a read aloud text in a classroom situation. It would be a great starting point when discussing creativity, the different talents which children may have, accepting others and overcoming personal fears.”
- Jo Schenkel, Read Plus, March 2012

Coming soon:

Hey Jack - That’s A Big Book! Ten stories in one.