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

Posted July 3, 2015 by Michelle in Review / 4 Comments

Review ~  Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl ShurtliffJack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff
Published by Random House Children's Books on April 14th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Humorous Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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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.

My Review:

So when I read Rump I enjoyed it but I wasn’t really connecting with the characters. I did, however, love the story so when I saw Jack on Netgalley I had to grab it because I was looking forward to spending some time with Jack and his beanstalk. I wasn’t what I was expecting and I did enjoy the story, it was a really different telling of Jack but again, me and Jack weren’t connecting. Don’t get bummed just yet I did love his little sister Annabella, she is one tough cookie.

I liked all the characters and I felt that even with me not connecting with Jack the world build was well done and the story has a nice twist to it and how it worked. I even believe someone from Rump was in this book and when I really started thinking about it my mind pretty much EXPLODED!

Regardless of not connecting with Jack, I still thought this was a really fun retelling and enjoy the way she retells a fairytale. I look forward to her next book. I highly recommend reading Rump and this book for a very different experience with some really great fairytales.


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