Jack And The Beanstalk

Jack And The Beanstalk

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by Steven Kellogg

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Join young Jack as he climbs a giant beanstalk to a magic castle in the clouds. Meet a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp that sings by itself. And don't forget the ogre. A classic fairy tale with a vigorous look that will leave you chanting "Fee-fi-fo-fum!"


Join young Jack as he climbs a giant beanstalk to a magic castle in the clouds. Meet a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp that sings by itself. And don't forget the ogre. A classic fairy tale with a vigorous look that will leave you chanting "Fee-fi-fo-fum!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though his text remains true to the popular version of this English fairy tale, Kellogg's ( Paul Bunyan ; Pecos Bill ) typically antic art gives this rendition a visual dimension that is uniquely his. Created with colored inks, watercolors and acrylics, the full-page illustrations have extraordinary texture and dimension. With a mouthful of pointy teeth and warts covering his scaly green face, Kellogg's villain is a truly horrid fellow who may in fact be a wee bit scary for fainthearted little ones--it's easy to believe that this giant eats little boys for breakfast. Slightly less menacing (though hardly comely) is his wife, who wears a necklace of tiny skeletons and hides Jack from her hungry husband. The pictures' variegated gold and bronze hues effectively cast an ominous glow over the ogre's palace. The art also features diverting details that youngsters may miss the first time around, which is one of many good reasons to read this book more than once. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Kellogg uses his masterful storytelling talent to bring the irresistible tale of Jack, his poor cow, and magic beans to life with energized spirit. Hilarious illustrations and enchanting prose work together to create an exciting retelling of the traditional tale. Jack outsmarts the ogre and his wife in three trips up the beanstalk and ends up with a bag of gold, a hen that lays golden eggs, and a golden harp that sings beautiful music. Readers of all ages will enjoy the exciting ending to this clever story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Kellogg has streamlined Joseph Jacobs's version of the classic story, keeping much of its vigorous language. In the illustrations he has provided a story within a story. On the front endpapers, the ogre steals the gold, harp, and hen from pirates as a wizard floating by in a hot-air balloon watches; this has the effect of enlightening readers about some of the moral ambiguities of the story. The wizard is shown writing down the actual events that follow and provides Jack with the beans that set them all in motion. Kellogg's riotous, swirling pen is perfect for the energy of the tale; this is not the neat, contained English countryside of some previous editions. The ogre is toothy, warty, and a rather putrid yellow-green. His wife breaks the mold as well; she is tall and slim, fond of lipstick, and adorned in a necklace of skeletal shrunken heads. Colored inks, watercolors and acrylics throughout are similar in palette to Kellogg's recent work--lots of orange, yellow, and green--at times bordering on the garish. There are many humorous touches to delight children, who will also be happy to see Pinkerton accompanying the princess's entourage. Jack himself is irresistible. While many single-volume illustrated fairy tales have oversaturated the market, there should be plenty of room for this author/artist's extremely satisfying Jack and the Beanstalk . --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr.

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Jack and the Beanstalk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the giant and the woman may be more 'demonic' than some may remember, it is a well written book directed at children old enough to recognize the tale and the illustrations bring home the power of the message in the book. Well illustrated and well loved, this book is a constant hit in the library. Students rarely return this book without asking for another Kellogg book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to return this book. Although the illustration was well done, it was overly intricate, lacking a focal point and failed to hold my childrens visual interest. The characters were more demonic and occult looking than the giant and wife that I remember as a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will interest your child or children whn you are going on a long journey because it will keep them interested with all the diffrent pictures and colours also the characters, as well as the exciting storyline. This book will be of particular interest to younger children because its really exciting and if they cant read the adult could read it to them in a way the will captivate their imaginaton!!!!!!!!!!