Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the middle grade book “Jack” by Liesl Shurtliff. Review completed by Danielle (the daughter).
Title: Jack: The true story of Jack and the Beanstalk | Author: Liesl Shurtliff | Publication Date: April 14, 2015 | Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers | Pages: 304 | Recommended Ages: 8-12 | Reviewed by: Danielle (Daughter)
Fans of The Land of Stories and Ella Enchanted will give a GIANT cheer for this funny fairy tale retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk!
All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor’s cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .
But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.
1. What is the book about?
This book tells the “true” story of Jack and the beanstalk. Jack always craves for adventure. One day the giants come down to his world wrecking his town and stealing food and farm animals. However, the giants have taken something very important to Jack. He finds himself and his little sister Annabella in the world of the giants where everything is massive, trying to take back what is his.
2.Who are the main characters?
The main characters are Jack and Annabella, who are brother and sister. Jack is very adventurous but never gets any fun, that is until he climbs up the beanstalk into the world of the giants. Annabella is Jack’s younger sister, when she realizes Jack is missing she goes off to find him, in the world of the giants.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
One of my favorite parts was when a giant picked Jack up and brought him to the kitchen where she worked. It was funny because she assumed that she could just claim him like she did with Tom (who is a person the same size as Jack an who Jack meets in the kitchen). The good thing though is that Jack and Tom become friends and then Tom tries to help Jack find what he needs.
4. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned that there are types of books called fractured fairy tales which are basically a different story of a fairy tale.
5. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
The cover was pretty good. If I were in a book store or library looking for a book and if I saw this one, I would probably choose it because the cover is cool.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought the book was really exciting and I liked how in the story, not all giants were mean.
7. Who do you think would like this book?
I think girls and boys 8-12 would like this book.
About the Author
Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT with the mountains for her playground. She is the author of RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, a Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection, and awarded the International Reading Association Children’s and Young Adult Book Award. Coming soon is RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood.
Liesl lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, three kids, and a cat named Felix. She loves paradoxes, puns, and pink pigs. Not really the pink pigs. She just really likes alliteration.