Jack and the Missing Piece

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What's a dog to do? Jack just wants to play, but a tower of blocks is a fragile thing. And then there's that cat!

Author Biography: Pat Schories is the illustrator and author of He's Your Dog and her first wordless picture book, Mouse Around, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an unusually strong debut." She is also the illustrator of the Biscuit. Books. Ms. Schories lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Overview

What's a dog to do? Jack just wants to play, but a tower of blocks is a fragile thing. And then there's that cat!

Author Biography: Pat Schories is the illustrator and author of He's Your Dog and her first wordless picture book, Mouse Around, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an unusually strong debut." She is also the illustrator of the Biscuit. Books. Ms. Schories lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With these two wordless stories, Schories (He's Your Dog) introduces Jack, an eager red-spotted terrier. Like all good comic dog heroes, Jack is much beloved but also mildly hapless and misunderstood-which only serves to make him more winning. In Breakfast for Jack, the household is caught up in a typical weekday morning rush, and so the poor dog inadvertently gets none. Schories beautifully conveys Jack's bewilderment at his neglect: one page shows Jack going back and forth between his empty bowl and the cat's full one. But not to worry-a redheaded boy of six or so, finally remembers to feed the pooch in the nick of time. Jack and the Missing Piece finds the canine hero banished and sulking after pestering the boy and a friend during a session of building blocks play. When the toy used to crown the boys' structure goes missing, Jack seems to possess both motive and opportunity. But some dogged detective work on Jack's part reveals the real culprit-the cat. The cozy familiarity of the plots, the sweet-natured hero and Schories's expert comic pacing of the vignettes (thanks to a skillful combination of spot drawings and full page renderings) adds up to plenty of fun and lots of openings for youngsters to add their own narration, dialogue and woofs. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jack the dog watches as his young master and a friend build a tower of blocks. When Jack playfully knocks it over, he is ordered from the room. Just as they complete it again, in he rushes to destroy it. He is exiled behind a closed door. Meanwhile the cat has absconded with the piece that crowned the top. When the boys rebuild and find it missing, it is Jack who is scolded. He gets hugs instead, however, when he finds the piece. The action takes place along and across the pages, with no words necessary to "read" the story. Watercolors supply the necessary light-hearted visual qualities that enhance this visual tale of canine actions. While the cat snoozes and then sneaks into the game room, Jack insists on joining in, causing havoc. The double-page scene of the tumbling tower of blocks is almost monumental. The illustrations stimulate our emotions as Jack goes through the actions of a curious young dog, and we sympathize with his banishment. Jack's other adventure in Schories's Breakfast for Jack is equally engaging and useful for story-telling as preparation for reading. 2004, Front Street, Ages 2 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-These wordless books chronicle ordinary events in the life of an engaging orange-and-white terrier. In the first story, Jack tries to bring attention to his empty food bowl as his humans hurry to eat their breakfast, get dressed, and rush out the door. Luckily, the dog's school-aged master pauses on the front walk and remembers to dish up the can he had opened earlier. Schories's likeness of a bouncing barker is right on target and her pastel palette and line drawings are pleasingly retro. In the second tale, the pup repeatedly knocks down castles carefully created by his owner and a friend. When a decorative block disappears soon after, the children accuse the pooch of stealing it and Jack cleverly exposes the real thief. As the boy hugs him to apologize, the dog eyes the new structure being built nearby. Both titles will appeal to young listeners, but could also prove useful to teachers practicing story writing by assigning text writing to accompany these well-paced images.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932425178
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Jacks Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,412,951
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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