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Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack lives with his mother, father and little sister, Annabella, in a small, poor village. Jack finds it very boring to work in his father’s fields all day, and dreams of becoming a giant slayer, just like his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Jack.

The giants live Above, in the sky, and the regular people live Below. It’s been a long time since the giants have come Below, but when strange things start happening in the village --- buildings are damaged and some people, including Jack’s father, completely disappear --- people think the giants may be back. Jack is determined to find a way to go after the giants, live out his dreams and bring his father back.

Shurtliff does a great job of putting a “new twist on an old tale.”

Author Liesl Shurtliff combines elements of two old tales, Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Slayer, to bring us this “true” story of Jack and the beanstalk. In this version, Jack does climb a giant beanstalk into the sky, but the events leading up to his climb and what comes after are different than what you would expect. For instance, Annabella goes up the beanstalk looking for Jack.

This is a truly delightful story, one that is well-written and easy to read. Shurtliff does a great job of putting a “new twist on an old tale.” I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on April 14, 2015

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
by Liesl Shurtliff

  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • Genres: Adventure, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385755791
  • ISBN-13: 9780385755795