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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DB Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578130203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578130200
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jakubowski is keenly aware of the humor that arises from the many anxieties that plague childhood. I caught myself laughing out loud more times than I could count." - Ines Bellina, Gapers Block

"It's about time someone told the story of coveting your friends' video games and plotting against your parents. If you grew up playing video games, this book is for you."  - Greg Miller, IGN

"Hysterically funny and full of heart. It's A Christmas Story for the Nintendo generation." - New York Times bestselling author James Frey

"No bull crud about it! The 1980s are alive and rad in this charming, rollicking tale." - South Park producer and Out There creator Ryan Quincy

"Jakubowski captures the late '80s Nintendo craze with hilarious precision. You won't be able to put 8-Bit Christmas down." - Marnie O. Mamminga, author of Return to Wake Robin

About the Author

Kevin Jakubowski is a film and television writer best known for the Bruce Willis comedy Assassination of a High School President and for his work on the Comedy Central series Brickleberry. He lives in California with his wife and his Nintendo.

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Kevin Jakubowski is a film and television writer best known for the Bruce Willis comedy "Assassination of a High School President" and for his work on the Comedy Central series "Brickleberry". He lives in California with his wife and his Nintendo.

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I definitely recommend this lighthearted, fun and immensely enjoyable read, even if it is not Christmas time!
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I had forgotten just how far some people will go to get what they must have, and how fast a new gizmo like the Nintendo will catch on.
KMT
The story is a trip down memory lane filled with Cabbage Patch Kids, baseball cards, and Saturday morning cartoons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you love the 80s, you'll love this book. 8-BIT CHRISTMAS fondly reminds me of A CHRISTMAS STORY, but instead of Ralphie asking for a Red Ryder BB gun, Jake Doyle wants a Nintendo NES (and his sister wants a red-headed Cabbage Patch Doll). References from the 80s abound: Garbage Pail Kids, Inspector Gadget (and Dr. Claw), Muppet Babies, Cindy Lopper, Care Bears, GI Joe, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program, and even the Power Glove! And this is only a fraction of 80s references included.

As with A CHRISTSMAS STORY, this story is narrated in the first person perspective of a grown-up protagonist reflecting upon his childhood Christmas memories. The book kicks off with Jake's rich family friend Timmy Kleen receiving a Nintendo NES. Soon, every boy in the third grade begins clamoring for their very own NES. As with A CHRISTMAS STORY, familiar hilarity ensues.

Humor is the thing that keeps this book going strong until the end. I noticed a few small nitpicks: the congruency of 80s releases; first person descriptions when the protagonist isn't in the room; and pausing the plot progression. But really, it all boils down to one thing: humor. For instance, it's okay when the protagonist pauses the plot as he escapes into his imagination of competing for an NES on Double Dare, or when two there's a page of bantering "yes, huhs"--because it's delightfully funny (and it brings back fond memories).

I was pleasantly surprised by how sentimental and warm the book concluded. There were hints of this while the protagonist was running around the streets of Chicago, but everything wrapped up pleasingly well at the end. Kudos to the author for giving such a satisfying conclusion.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the future works of this book's author, Kevin Jakubowski.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mock on December 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It can be hard to write a good Christmas book. There are already plenty of classic stories, not mention having to try and avoid classic Christmas story tropes that could relegate the book to being considered Christmas white noise. Couple these challenges with tackling your first book, and one begins to admire what Kevin Jakubowski accomplished with his debut novel, "8-Bit Christmas," a fun, nostalgic romp through days of Christmas past.

The story follows Jake Doyle's quest to get a Nintendo for Christmas. Along the way he has to contend with a little sister who has a Christmas agenda of her own, a greedy bully, and an entire county (among other obstacles).

Going into "8-Bit Christmas," I was definitely hesitant. I was definitely worried it could possibly end up being either very generic, or just a role call of everything nostalgic about the 80s shoehorned into a Christmas story. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The story ended up being a good mix of story, humor, pop culture references, and a very good Christmas themed story. It is definitely a page turner due to this formula.

The story does owe some of its moments to the perennial Christmas classic, "A Christmas Story" and its book counterpart "In God We Trust; All Others Pay Cash." It shares a similar moment here and there, but more as an homage than anything. Overall, the story is quite different and is a great addition to Christmas stories that has plenty of nostalgia for those growing up in the 80s and of course plenty of Christmas spirit and quite the satisfying ending. It might not be for everyone, but I definitely identified with both the 80s references and a Christmas season spent wishing for that one, important gift (important to a kid, that is).
Note: I received a free digital copy through NetGalley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Burnham on April 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
I began laughing right out of the gate, and I had a smile on my face until the very end (although the end touched me so much that I had tears in my eyes). Kevin cleverly weaves a story that keeps you turning the pages for more. No matter how old you are, you can relate to this book on some level. It was a wonderful book to read even though it was away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on February 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Marissa
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Reminiscent of the movie A Christmas Story, 8-Bit Christmas is an up-dated version for the (almost) computer age as 8 year old Jake plots and schemes to get the brand new Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas. By the time Nintendos came out in the early 1980′s I was a new mother so I bypassed that era altogether; however, I related to being a kid and wanting something so badly that I thought I would literally die if I didn’t get it.

While most books about bygone generations seem to concentrate on the music and fashion of the era, Jakubowski gives us the 8-year-old version – toys and sports. Some I remember fondly (LiteBrite, The Goonies, Darryl Strawberry) while others I had to look up to see if they honestly existed. I was greatly amused to find out the story behind the Ripken baseball card was, in fact, true. Also true is the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Batavia, Illinois.

The book is a sort of mish-mash of memories taking place between 1982 and 1989 with events out of order. For instance, the book begins in 1982 and one of the first things going on is Jake’s mom and sister working out to Jane Fonda. The Domino’s Noid is mentioned (according to Wikipedia, the Noid was created in 1986), Max Headroom (1984), the Chrysler Dodge Grand Caravan (1987, specifically), Ferris Bueller(1986)… You get the idea. And somehow all of these prime events occur while Jake is in third grade.

While my methodical mind is saying “WTF?”, the rest of me is laughing and thinking, “I remember getting french fries in miniature batting helmets!” If you were alive at all during the 1980′s, you will enjoy this book.
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