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|Jack : the true story of Jack and the beanstalk|
Author: Shurtliff, Liesl
Relates the tale of Jack who, after trading his mother's milk cow for magic beans, climbs a beanstalk to seek his missing father in the land of giants.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.40
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 174178
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 67126
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (07/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2015 All his life, he has heard stories about giants, and 12-year-old Jack knows he is meant for greatness. So when giants climb down out the sky and steal most of his town—crops, cows, houses, even his father!—Jack is determined to find a way to get to their world and stage a rescue. As we all know, he climbs a beanstalk to the giants’ world. What we may not have thought of, and what Shurtliff illustrates so well, is what it would be like to be a kid in a giant’s world. Suddenly, Jack is small enough to ride a mouse or be chased by an eagle; short distances become vast; and it’s nearly impossible for his voice to be heard. Putting a unique spin on the familiar in a manner reminiscent of Donna Jo Napoli’s work, this tale explores perspective, compassion, and resilience in an unobtrusive way. Shurtliff’s second fairy-tale endeavor, following Rump (2013), soars into the sky and is a delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 07/01/2015 He may have quite the track record of naughty behavior, switching out salt for sugar, putting spiders in his sister’s bed, and (accidentally) setting fire to the blacksmith’s shop, but twelve-year old Jack isn’t responsible for the nighttime raids on the fields surrounding his village. Named for his great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandpa, Jack the Giant Killer, Jack’s more than ready to believe that the pillaging is the work of giants, as the town tinker claims. When he sees his own beloved father abducted by giants who’ve descended from the sky, Jack not only has his suspicions confirmed, he has a much longed-for adventure, journeying into the giants’ land to save his papa. Shurtl creates a quick-moving plot incorporating elements of various fairy and folktales; readers will enjoy uncovering these allusions and they’ll get a kick out of Jack’s smart-aleck observations as he navigates the giants’ world, making new friends, negotiating temperamental pixies, and saving the realm from a gold-obsessed king. With a healthy dose of honor and integrity to accompany his wisecracking ways, Jack is a winning hero, and his adventures—both unexpected and recognizable—will please those readers with rollicking spirits or a yen for tales retold. AA - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.