A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack - William Joyce (2014)

ISBN 10 : 14424 73495
ISBN 13 : 978 14424 73492
Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Kinda
      You gotta admit that a smallish boy and a smallish bean can achieve a lotta biggish things, after reading this book. 

      (Oh, my, I have been reading this book a lotta times, this past week. So my language is sorta (Oh! No!) influenced by the Brooklyn accent of this book.)

      The story is a (very) delightful variation of Jack and the Beanstalk. There is an ordinary boy, Jack, and an ordinary bean. There is a kingdom with a King Blah Blah Blah and a princess Blah Blah Blah (Believe me, this is how it is in the book). Due to drought, the king's pinky is stinky and he makes people to cry to clean them. (Yes, it happens in this story). Now, Jack and the bean, with a little bit of magic, grow a big stalk, meet a giant kid and solve the problem. The End!!! (Not really, another tale starts there, kinda).

       Illustrated By : Kenny Callicutt

       Publisher : Simon and Schuster

       Classification : Funny

       Age : Preschooler, Kindergartener, Grade 1 - 3

My Comment :

        If I say, my kids loved every inch of this book. it is not an exaggeration. They asked me to read, re-read and re-re-....... the book and they giggled all the way. (Flashback: I was hesitating to read this book to my kids, due to the weird part 'The Stinky Pinky'. But the beautiful illustrations and funny narration pulled me through. Totally, it ended as an enjoyable read.)

        To start with, the Brooklyn accent of the book is so entertaining (I gotta accept that there is a lotta fun). The vocabulary used totally uplifts the story (magicking, rub-a-dub-dub-ed, local old wizard guy). And, the font size that changes with the characters adds to the dramatic appeal of the book. We even entertained by mimicking the character voices. Never miss out the speech bubbles, as they too form a delightful addition. The final touch of 'Jack and Jill' surmounts the reading fun.

        The illustrations are equally amusing on par with the story (The smiling bean is so adorable.) I should say, the author and the illustrator never missed a spot in this book. Every page and every line of the story is purely whimsical, fun and entertaining. Alright-a-roonie, we enjoyed it.

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  1. Aww, I love how they took a classic fairytale and put a spin on it to make it more funny and interactive for everyone. I am so glad to hear that your children loved it ^.^

    1. Thank you for the comment, Olivia.

  2. This sounds fab and a Brooklyn accent, love it. Thanks for sharing a great recommendation and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    1. Thanks for your comment. I am glad to be part of Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  3. Love this modern take on a fantastic fairy tale. I'm going to have to grab a copy for my grandsons...a perfect excuse for me to have a chance to read this one! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Stacie Theis, for commenting and sharing the love for this book, around. Have a wonderful time, reading.


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