Just One Flake by Travis Jonker

Just Ten (of the Many) Reasons I Love Just One Flake by Travis Jonker:

1. There is real deal, I-got-fully-invested-in-it drama.

2. It offers a sense of child-like wonder.

3. The main character is relatable.

4. I love the word “Oof.” in a picture book.

5. It is charming.

6. The art is just as irresistible as the text.

7. The story starts in the front end papers.

8. The barcode on the back of the book is incorporated into the art.

9. It has my favorite picture book combo–heart and humor.

10. That cover? It’s a total joy.

And, in case you need further evidence that you should run straight to your local bookstore or library and scoop up this book, check out these 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

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. She has more than 30 published picture books and has many others on the way. Her books have received awards, earned starred reviews, made lists, been made into musicals, and been translated into many different languages. Most importantly, kids really like her books! To learn more about Tammi and her books, please visit tammisauer.com and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.


  1. I think about that “Oof.” a lot because it has a period, not an exclamation point. So powerful!

  2. LOVE THIS BOOK! Thank you for sharing! ❄️

  3. LOVE it! That one-eyed look, trying to catch a snowflake. 🙂

  4. Those illustrations! And who doesn’t want to catch a snowflake on their tongue?

  5. Love it! Looks like the story is told with very few words, too. Nice.

  6. The cover says it all! So good!

  7. I’ve seen it on social media. Can’t wait to actually read it. Thanks, Tammi!

  8. Excellent list of reason. ❄️❤️

  9. I agree! Love that cover. And “Oof!” is a wonderful word. My library’s copy is well read and well loved.

  10. Oof! What a fun word. This book has so much kid appeal. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great reasons to love this book! No further prOOF needed!❄️📚💙 Thanks for your review!

  12. I checked this book out of the library yesterday and feel in love with it, too!

  13. Susan Elizabeth Schipper

    I love the illustrations! My favorite word “oof.” Looking forward to adding this PB to my collection! 😊

  14. After reading your 10 reasons, I can’t wait to find a copy!

  15. Exactly the right number of words for a read aloud – librarians thank you!

  16. Love those illustrations. They’re such fun, even without the delightful text.

  17. Oh, mercy! I can taste how much I want this book!

  18. Really enjoyed this one too! You’re right, humor and heart!

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