"A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme....This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack's house got built."
Jack's Houseby Mike Wohnoutka
Construction-equipment loving boys will adore this humourous twist on the classic nursery rhyme. Someone has done a lot of work building a house. Someone has been operating a cement mixer, driving a bulldozer, and using a forklift to build walls, frame windows, and nail down a roof. Someone has built a big, strong home for Jack. But is this the house that Jack built? One tired puppy dog disagrees in this story about getting what you work for.
A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. This book actually focuses on the building of the house, and the many hands (or paws) that it takes to make it. You see, while Jack the homeowner (a human) takes credit for its construction, it is actually Max, a hardworking general contractor dog, and a number of other skilled canine laborers, who do all the work. So at the end of the story, it's easy to understand why Max gets a little upset at Jack resting on his laurels at the finished site. What he does to Jack results in a laugh-out-loud moment and a neat flip of the ongoing power struggle between builder and owner. Wohnoutka's full-page acrylic paintings are large scale, but are also full of small details for readers to enjoy. The vehicles that drive up to the site delivering materials and excavating are rugged and tough, appealing to the construction enthusiasts, but the soaring house is the centerpiece of the story, and Max's care in building it is obvious. This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack's house got built.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
- Holiday House, Inc.
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- 8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Karen Magnuson Beil is a former reporter for Chicago's City News Bureau and has also worked as an editor and science writer. She has written several books for children; including "Fire in Their Eyes". A New England native, she now lives in New York State with her family.
Mike Wohnoutka has been creating art since his childhood. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, he has illustrated "Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets", "The Foot-Stomping Adventures of Clementine Sweet", as well as a number of other books for children. He and his family live in Minneapolis.
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