Title: Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date: 2015
Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day. ~ Goodreads
When I first heard about this book I was like, “Really?! The true story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Haven’t we all read about Jack already? What a ripoff.” Man…am I so ashamed now. Liesl makes the story of Jack and the beanstalk her own, while (mostly) keeping true to the original story. The story’s fabulous and while we all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, you still keep wondering, what will happen? I love how the author bends things so you’re like: “Oooh! So that’s the magic goose” And in the Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, some things are left unexplained, like, how did that guy who Jack traded with, get those beans? Well…all I can say is that all of your questions will be answered in Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
My complaints were that while it was a great book, it took me a tiny bit to actually want to keep reading it. BUT all in all, it was a great book.
Age recommendation: It’s a middle grade book, but kids 8 and up will enjoy it too.
The most fabulous quotes!
“He’s just a boy,” said Papa. But I didn’t want to be “just a boy.” I wanted to be great.”
“Mark me, if it starts raining dirt, you run for your life”
“no matter how big you are, there’s always someone or something bigger than you.”
“Action takes more effort than words.”
Finally, it’s time for the moment you’ve put up with all my rambling for…
What Does the Cat Think?
What a AWFUL BOOK! HARNESSING A CAT!? I mean srsly,
how evil can you get? I should know, my parents try to harness
me ALL THE TIME!
I give this book… d
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4.5 stars out of 5! Because I really like it, but don’t love it.
That’s a pretty neat beanstalk! Am I right?!