Meet Jack Appleknocker

Meet Jack Appleknocker

by Arnold Sundgaard, Sheila W. Samton

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Each day when Jack Appleknocker wakes up, he stares at the stain made in his ceiling by the rain, and is reminded by its shape of something in the day ahead. One day it looks like a boot, and that reminds him to wear his high leather boots. Another day, it looks like grapes, so he goes to the arbor and picks some (which he then turns into jelly). The stain looks like a potato? He digs up the potatoes. Is it a tree heavy with apples? He's ready to go picking. But on the seventh day, Sunday, the stain looks like the sun, and Jack enjoys a day of rest. Samton's cut-out watercolors make each page a geometric feast of color and shape, rounding out Sundgaard's galloping text. Imaginative interpretation, more often practiced on clouds than stains, is a game familiar to most children, who may glean a philosophical insight or two from the way in which Jack determines the course of his day. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Jack Appleknocker is a simple man who lives a simple life in his forest cabin. He lies on his cornhusk mattress staring at the ``stain made by the rain'' and waiting for the stain's supposedly changing shapes to inspire the day's activities. On Monday the stain reminds him of a griddle so he makes pancakes, on Tuesday it looks like a bunch of grapes so he makes jelly, and so on until he's harvested potatoes and apples and rescued a lamb lost in a storm. On Sunday the stain seems to be a smiling sun telling him that he's earned a day of rest. The bright, bold wet watercolor and collage illustrations are a visual delight, portraying both the simplicity and vitality of rural life. Unfortunately, the story's premise and execution aren't as successful. Children may be confused by Jack's very different perceptions of the same stain, since unlike clouds, stains aren't constantly changing. However, the book's greatest flaw is the awkward narrative. The poem-like prose is uneven and sprinkled with inconsistent, often forced, rhyme. It's a shame that such vibrant, fresh illustrations were matched with such an uninspired text. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Pub . Lib . , Wis.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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