Review: Jack

Jack :: Children's Book Review
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Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Liesl Shurtliff

Published in 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

*Middle Grade

Jack is an extraordinary book for middle grade readers that beautifully retells the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in captivating detail. When giants show up in his neighbor’s cabbage patch, Jack is intrigued by the potential adventure so he and his little sister Annabella follow them into a land that is on the other side of the clouds. The kingdom of giants is full of gigantic fun and adventure. Jack and Annabella discover slugs the size of sheep, pixies the size of grown men, pudding to swim in, and large toads to carry off bothersome little sisters. But the giants have taken something that belongs to them, so Jack and Annabella are on a mission to get back what is theirs. The relationship between Jack and Annabella evolves throughout the book as their conflict transforms into an appreciation for each other. This exciting, enchanting, and irresistible story shares the value of family, what a true hero looks like, and what is really worth cherishing in life.

*Be sure to also check out Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood and Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, two more stellar reads from Liesl Shurtliff!

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