From the Publisher
"There'll be a showdown at any library not stocking this title."
"A gun-toting, ax-wielding mother and other exaggerative characters accompany the rich Texan parlance that peppers this amusing read-aloud."
School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
This rollicking interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk with its Texas setting and plucky heroine named Waynetta is fresh and imaginative. When Waynetta returns home with a handful of worthless corn kernels exchanged for the family's lone long horn, her Ma promptly throws them out the window. The next morning the girl climbs the giant cornstalk that has grown overnight and finds herself on the doorstep of the biggest ranch ever. A giant woman, dressed in finest cowgirl garb, who decides that Waynetta must have come for all the things stolen from the family by her ornery giant of a husband, greets her at the door. Waynetta easily retrieves the tiny long horn that produces golden cow pies, and the lariat that never misses, but the bucket that never runs out of water eludes her. The clever girl returns to the giant's ranch, manages to outwit the giant, grabs the bucket, and hightails it down the cornstalk, where Ma is at the ready with ax in hand. The giant crashes to the ground with such force that he creates a vast crater that the bucket fills with enough water to make a fine lake. With the gold from the magic long horn, Ma and Waynetta buy a whole herd of steer and the giant, whose fall knocked some sense into him, and his wife stay on as hired hands. Ketteman's text is peppered with Texas colloquialisms and it is hard not to affect a drawl when reading it. Her new twist on a traditional favorite will win over new fans. The colorful watercolors fill the pages depicting the hardscrabble ranch and the exaggerated proportions of the giant and his wife perfectly. Oversized furniture and interesting perspectives clearly delineate the size difference between the giant and the sassyWaynetta. Children will delight in repeating the refrain. "Fee, Fie, Foe, fat, I think I smell a cowgirl brat," and the story will have them begging, "read it, again."