A Bean, A Stalk, and A Boy Named Jack

A Bean, A Stalk, and A Boy Named Jack

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A magic bean and an ordinary boy solve a royal problem for King Blah Blah Blah.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781442473492
Branch Call Number: JP Joyce
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Callicutt, Kenny


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Jun 13, 2016

If you are expecting the same old Jack and the Beanstalk tale, you will be pleasantly surprised on the funny twists this story takes. Great for any kid--or adult who wants a laugh!

May 22, 2015

SUMMARY: Jack lives on a farm with his family. There is a terrible drought. The daughter of the king (Princess Blah Blah Blah), asks a wizard to do something. So he creates some magical beans. One ends up in Jack's possession. He plants it and climbs the giant beanstalk. He meets a giant taking a bath. After much discussion, jack goes down the drain, taking the water with him which pours down the beanstalk making the kingdom wet once more.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in multimedia. They are rich, colorful, large, finely detailed, and very nice to look at over and over.

THE GOOD: I always enjoy a good fractured fairy tale. Joyce gets points for creating a new take on Jack and the Bean Stalk. His characters were cute and often downright funny, especially the king with the stinky pinky.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I was immediately turned off by the phrasing and language the author uses in the story such as:
"The last outta the pod." (This is a fragment)
"That's about it. No great shakes." (What exactly does this mean?)
"All right-a-roonie, Jack."
I felt like I was reading a gangster version of the fairy tale and it was very incongruent to me. The lengthy conversation with the giant in the bath confused me. What was that all about? They were simply passing the time of day--again, out of place. Jack's whole trip up the beanstalk seemed rather mediocre. Then the story ends with Jack and Jill fetching a pail of water. What?

AGE RECOMMENDATION: This story is advertised for ages 3-6, but I think it would be better suited for ages 5-8. This age group would better understand the subtle humor. Plus, the book is quite lengthy with 55 pages.

Dina_18 Mar 10, 2015

Different version and my grandson loved it, great for a storytime session.

janicedlb Feb 20, 2015

Magic words for daily life:
Give it a go, give it a go, give it a go.

An old folktale gets a new twist in this tongue-in-cheek version. Fun for reading aloud and as a jump-off point for exploring folktales.

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Jun 13, 2016

mrspruitt thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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Jun 13, 2016

A hilarious, new twist to the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale.


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Jun 13, 2016

"But you know...things can happen."


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