This Is the House That Jack Built

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Caldecott Award-winner Simms Taback infuses this favorite children's rhyme with his distinctive, creative flair and humor. His Jack builds a house like no other and fills it with cheeses from all nations, which of course attracts the rat that stirs up the cat. Taback takes the usual case of characters in this classic cumulative rhyme and presents each in a funny new light that will keep readers laughing. His addition at the end neatly fits an appropriate character into Jack's story and makes his telling even more...
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Overview

Caldecott Award-winner Simms Taback infuses this favorite children's rhyme with his distinctive, creative flair and humor. His Jack builds a house like no other and fills it with cheeses from all nations, which of course attracts the rat that stirs up the cat. Taback takes the usual case of characters in this classic cumulative rhyme and presents each in a funny new light that will keep readers laughing. His addition at the end neatly fits an appropriate character into Jack's story and makes his telling even more unique.
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Caldecott Medal winner Simms Taback has returned with his trademark mixed-media illustrations and jovial style in this hilarious retelling of a classic rhyme.

The familiar tale starts with "This is the house that Jack built," but right away we know we're not in for the average retelling: A large, abstract-looking house stands majestically on the page, complete with a "For Sale" sign on the lawn and a "Call Jack for Key" sign on the door. Taback's whimsical yarn spins along, with nine different cheeses (with smell-factor commentary), a psychotic-looking rat, a ferocious cat, a salivating dog, and so on. Each verse of the well-known tale is portrayed with witty Tabackian extras, causing the pages to get more crowded with words and topsy-turvy characters, but the real treat comes at the end with an extra verse, and readers are asked to guess which 19th-century artist first illustrated this timeless story.

With Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly under his belt, Simms Taback has created another frolicsome book that's clever, charming, and simply fun to look at. His stylistic artwork will have readers searching for photos, labels, and added information about each character, making a traditional and busy rhyme spring to life. A blessing for storytimes and a kooky treasure hunt -- adults and children will be cheering over this new take on Jack's place. Matt Warner

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "The artist fills the busy pages with abundant details and diversions. A zany and fun take on the 18th-century classic." Ages 4-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Taback is very, very clever. He takes the house element of the story literally by turning the endpapers and back cover into newspaper advertisements, offering real estate and tools to fix a house. The adventure inside is downright hilarious. "This is the cheese that lay in the house" elicits an entire page on which various cheeses are not only named but also labeled as to their aroma or lack of it. Every page contains a variety of tongue-in-cheek references that may go over the heads of some kids but those who get them will love them. The illustrator creates additional drama with strong color. He uses stark black backgrounds for the house painted in bright jewel tones. Dark colors, such as navy and deep green, lay the groundwork for each of the characters. The rat, the cat, the dog, etc., all have their own pages and their names are formed by letters cut from newspapers. Children will love this book, and it's a natural for storyhour. This is the version every library should have.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399234880
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Simms Taback grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He has worked as an art director and a graphic designer, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University. He has illustrated many children's books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Viking), Spacy Riddles, Snakey Riddles, Buggy Riddles, and Fishy Riddles (all written by Katy Hall and lIsa Eisenberg, Dial). His work has won many awards, including the Caldecott Honor Award Medal for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. A father of three and grandfather of three, Mr. Taback lives with his wife in Willow, New York copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Horrible illustration

    I was really excited when I saw this book online because I grew up with the wonderful rhythm of This is the house that Jack Built. But this version, while holding true to the rhythmic originality of the poetry, lost it's value with the poor illustrations! The illustrator used various fonts, sizes and colors all on the same page - making it look all jumbled and almost impossible for a kid to read.

    I also did not like the "killing" in the story - I find myself choosing another word when I'm reading it to my kids. I will try to find another version of this poem in a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    Fun to read

    I like the style in which this book is written and it also (somewhat) shows kids the animal food chain. I like books with rhymes and riddles and those that expand the mind.

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