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The author of the book: Blake Hoena
Edition: Stone Arch Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781434208620
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.83 MB
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In this graphic novel version of the familiar tale "Jack and the Beanstalk," Jack is traveling to the market to sell the family cow when he meets a mysterious old man who gives him five magic beans in exchange for the cow. Returning home with excitement, Jack is shocked when his mother is not nearly as thrilled by the deal as he is and throws the beans out the door. Running out the door the next morning, Jack collides with a massive beanstalk that has sprouted overnight and reaches high into the sky. Climbing it in search of food, he encounters the giant responsible for his father's demise and his family's poverty. Will his desire for justice for his father prove to be his undoing?
While the witty commentary of the female characters, Jack's mother and the giant's wife, provide interest and humor, the story has some inconsistencies and gaps. For example, the book does not attempt to explain why the giant's wife tries to save Jack from being eaten right after she tells Jack about the little boy that the giant ate the previous night. Why does she feel sympathy towards Jack when she allowed another boy to meet the same fate? The book also skims over one of Jack's acts of thievery, showing only his return to his mother with the purloined hen, not how he stole her from the giant. The illustrations are engaging and focus on moments of action, but the illustrator frequently relies on boxes containing narration, which break up the flow of the story, and he chooses to have Jack speak aloud to himself when thought bubbles might have been more natural. In addition, in a scene in which Jack is hiding from the giant in a teapot, given the amount of Jack's head that is showing in the illustration, it seems highly unlikely that the giant would have missed seeing him. At the end of the novel, the author explains the story's origins in the oral tradition and describes variants of the tale. He identifies the source that his version most closely resembles but explains that he changed some details. This explanation as well as the discussion questions and writing prompts that follow might make this graphic novel a possible reading for a unit on fairy tales in an elementary classroom, especially since the graphic novel format would add variety for students. However, the story's theme of "an eye for an eye," displayed through Jack's pilfering of the giant's possessions that previously belonged to Jack's father as well as through the giant's eventual fate, seems like a somewhat disturbing lesson for a young audience. Target Audience: Ages 7-10
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Read information about the authorBlake A. Hoena grew up in central Wisconsin, where, in his youth, he wrote stories about robots conquering the Moon and trolls lumbering around in the woods behind his parents house, and the fact that the trolls were hunting for little boys had nothing to do with Blake’s pesky brothers. Later, he moved to Minnesota to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Since graduating, Blake has written more than thirty books for children, including retellings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Perseus and Medusa myth. Most recently, he’s working on a series of graphic novels about two space alien brothers, Eek and Ack, who are determined to conquer our big blue home.
--from the author's website
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