Jack and the Giant Barbecue

Jack and the Giant Barbecue

by Eric Kimmel, John Manders
A hilarious southwestern twist on “Jack and the Beanstalk”


A hilarious southwestern twist on “Jack and the Beanstalk”

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This book is made to go along with a TV series—in this case, Peppa Pig is a Nick Jr. television series, imported from the UK. Though I have never seen the show, it is easy to imagine the cutesy Pig family, with Mummy and Daddy plus big sister Peppa and little brother George, going through the Christmas routines, including Peppa squeaking out a Christmas tree song—that would do better if it was based on a known tune and rhymed instead of pairing stars that go twinkle, twinkle, twinkle and little pigs going oink, oink, oink. On the big night, Peppa saves the day when Santa arrives with a bag of gifts but having lost the list for who gets what. Peppa remembers however, and Santa goes off and Christmas takes place just as programmed. The story is unsubstantial and contrived; the illustrations are frozen animations. This may well appeal to Peppa fans but it did not motivate the reviewer to go check out the series. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Kirkus Reviews
A Wild West spin on the classic fairy tale. Little Jack loves barbecue; he'd ride his pony across the West Texas mountains for a taste of fine ribs. He brings his mother to tears when he asks her to make some for him, and she tells Jack the sad tale of his daddy. He made the finest barbecue for miles around until a mean giant came and stole daddy's recipe book, leaving him so heartbroken that he shriveled up and died. Jack makes a vow on the spot. The next morning, he rides his pony to Mount Pecos and starts his arduous climb. At the top is the giant's barbecue restaurant, all rundown, dirty and busted-up. The giant sits in a back room, eating his fill of barbecue. Daddy's book sits in a slot of a magic jukebox, which is hankering to escape. When the giant falls asleep, Jack makes a quick getaway, riding the jukebox like a stallion. Before long, the giant jerks awake and gives chase in his pickup, across the clouds. He's going so fast that his truck smashes into the mountains, flattening them. It's been that way ever since. And Jack? He opens a restaurant with Ma, where the jukebox happily plays. Mmm! It's a rollicking adaptation, with many amusing tall-tale touches. Manders' illustrations, in gouache and colored pencil, match the energy of the text. Good fractured fun. (Picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Though Jack loves West Texas barbecue, his mother will not cook it for him-not since his daddy died of a broken heart when a giant stole his recipe book. Vowing to get it back, Jack climbs Mount Pecos, steps onto the clouds, and follows a smoky sweet smell to a massive barbecue shack. The jukebox in the corner becomes a willing ally, hiding Jack as the giant comes in. After sniffing the air and downing vast quantities of ribs, sausages, and sweet tea, the giant falls asleep. Jack retrieves his father's recipe book, turns the jukebox into a sled with giant rib bones, and pushes it across the greasy floor and out the door. The giant awakes, jumps in his pickup truck, and chases the boy back through the clouds. Jack opens his own barbecue shack and lets the giant work for him. Full-color illustrations are done in gouache with colored pencil accents. Kimmel's version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is served up with country music playing on the jukebox and rows of pickup trucks in the parking lot. Though youngsters may miss the many references to country songs, they will enjoy the vivid language and larger-than-life elements—the giant's truck flattens all the mountains in West Texas, making that area "flat as a skillet all the way to New Mexico." Libraries in which Kimmel's other Southwestern tales are popular will want this one.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Product Details

Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >