What happened in the house that Jack built? It all started with the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built. And then came the rat that ate the cheese and the cat who killed the rat. Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Simms Taback brings his distinctive humor and creativity to the beloved story of Jack and the house that he built.
About 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 Yorkcopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
What People are Saying About This
Downright hilarious . . . Children will love this book. (School Library Journal, starred review)
Taback puts a new house on the market and hits the nail on the head with this boisterous rollicking version. (Booklist, starred review)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.