The Thief and the Beanstalk (Further Tales Adventure Series)

The Thief and the Beanstalk (Further Tales Adventure Series)

by P. W. Catanese
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The Thief and the Beanstalk (Further Tales Adventure Series) by P. W. Catanese

Jack traded his cow for magic beans, climbed a beanstalk, and got rich. Will the next person to try it, be as fortunate? Or just fortunate enough to survive?

Everyone knows the story of Jack and his beanstalk, the little adventure that made Jack a very rich man. But what happened to the next person who climbed the beanstalk?

Enter Nick. Orphaned and desperate, Nick joins a band of thieves in hopes of a warm meal and a little protection. In exchange, Nick must help them break into the lavish white castle rumored to belong to an old man named Jack. Legend says it’s full of riches from Jack’s quest up a magical beanstalk decades ago. When Nick’s mission leads him straight to Jack, he sees a chance to climb the famed beanstalk himself.

But what Nick doesn’t know is that things are different at the top of the beanstalk. There are new enemies waiting. Enemies with plans that could destroy the world as Nick knows it. Will Nick come back a hero? Will he come back at all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439113066
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Series: Further Tales Adventure Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

P. W. Catanese is the author of ten fantasy-adventure novels. His books have been received with critical acclaim and have been translated into five foreign languages. His Books of Umber trilogy has been nominated for six regional book awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet award, the Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers award, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice awards. He lives in Connecticut. When he’s not writing books, Catanese draws cartoons, works for an advertising agency, and tries very hard to respond to every message from his readers. Meet him at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Thief and the Beanstalk (Further Tales Adventure Series) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
madisondinger More than 1 year ago
The fictional novel I reviewed is called "The Thief and the Beanstalk" by P.W. canteses. The story takes place in the deep dark forest where a gang of thieves live. Their leader Fink heard about the tale of Jack and he wanted treasure too. So he set of on a mission to find a kid to climb the beanstalk. While crossing a farm he came across Nick. Nick was a boy looking for food in a deserted farms garden. So up and up nick climbed and adventured on to be greeted by mean monsters and creatures. He then in a hasty matter climbed down the beanstalk with coins and a goose. Fink was pleased but demanded more but Nick was slick and sly and escaped. He went on and raised a family on the old farm. I liked this book because it had an astounding moral of the story. The moral was that you shouldn't do something if you are being demanded to do something that risks your life or someone else's belongings. Also it followed another book and it was crammed with action and fun for the reader. I didn't like the book because it had too much exaggeration and had weird monsters and creatures. It also puts a negative twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. The authors writing style is clear but complex. It's in first person narrative. The paragraphs are detailed and structured. I would not recommend this book because it was very not viable and very dim. It puts a bad spin on a classic tale. I liked the book because it had a first-class moral of the story. I would recommend the book "Jack and the Beanstalk" because it's the original book. I would recommend "The Outsiders" because it was very exciting. I would also recommend the books "Hatchet" and "the River" both by the author Gary Paulson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didnt choose to read this book. I thought it would be boring and dumb. And man was i off! This story is full of action, great descreption, and good characters. This is a good book and i advise u check it out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in like fourth grade and it was awesome. I totally a recomend this book for anyone who likes a good fairytale. Also by this author is The Eye of The Warlock. Spend the money and buy this book right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love how it contiues Jack and the beanstalk smoothley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This autor came to my school so i am starting his books how do u like them
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nick is a boy whose parents died from a plague. Ever since then he has been wearing the same clothes and stealing food from farms to survive. Finch is a thief that made a gang of the toughest and meanest people he could find. He has heard Jack was extremely rich from the beanstalk and he just had to have Jack¿s treasures to himself. Finch finally found Jack¿s house and noticed the only way in was to climb up these vines that could not support a grown man. Finch went off to find a little boy to do the job for him. Finch found Nick. Nick could not pass this up because he was staring! Finch gave Nick black clothes and a nice hot bowl of stew. After Nick had his fill he fell asleep by the fire. The next night Finch ordered Nick to climb the vines and steal all he could. Finch also warned him if he didn¿t return he would hunt him down and kill him. Nick snuck into Jack¿s house. Jack caught Nick and let him leave with some magic beans. Nick new Finch would be mad so he ran away to an old farm house and plated the beans. When he turned around Finch and his gang were there waiting for him. Just then the beanstalk sprouted out of the ground into the sky. Nick climbed the beanstalk to escape. Nick now believed the old fairy of Jack climbing the beanstalk. Nick new of the giant castle with all of the treasures. He decided he would steal some treasure to be rich and have food. Nick saw two giants named Gnasher and Basher. Nick went into the castle, found the treasure room, and packed a bag of riches. He heard some girl crying. He dropped the bag and snuck into the next room. It was Gullinda, she had said her sons trapped her in there to make a rope long enough to get to the land of the little people and conquer it. Nick new he must go back to earth and warn Jack. After Nick told everyone they looked up at the beanstalk and saw Basher climbing down. This book was great. I didn¿t even write about half the story. There is a lot more excitement and surprises. This book is a good book for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow I never expected to read a contiued tale that was full of so many choices and adventures, from meeting a surprising fairytale to meeting the villan himself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I think that everybody should read this book. As for me, I'm getting other books in this genre.