It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk



Back of Book:


Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!


With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.


My Review:


Anytime Josh Funk writes a new story I get excited! He is a true master at crafting stories. It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk is not exception.  I love the structure of this story. The text is different in that Jack and the narrator converse throughout the book. This allows readers to see the story in several different points of view. I can see using this book in my classroom as a writing prompt for the difference between narration and characters. I also loved the twist on the timeless tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The illustrations are full of character and color. Readers will enjoy seeing other fairy tales weaved within the pages. A very funny and enjoyable story.


Ages 5 and up


40 Pages

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