Cover image for The house that Jack built
The house that Jack built
Mayo, Diana, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Barefoot, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
The classic children's rhyme enhanced with bold, colorful artwork.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 113790.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In her picture book debut, artist Diana Mayo brings a bright, colorful palette and a lively cast of characters to this version of a classic children's rhyme. Lush farmyard scenes fill every page as the cumulative tale gathers pace and complexity. Children will delight in repeating the rhymes, and they will be surprised to discover subtle clues in each spread of the artwork that reveal which animal or character will appear on the page to come.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Age 2-5. Here's a version of a classic that grown-ups will want to share with young children; it's an "oh-I-remember-that-one" winner. The bold folk-style acrylic illustrations with their whimsical details perfectly match the situations in the rhyme. The malt, rat, cat, dog, and cow are all present, of course, as are the forlorn maiden, the tattered and torn man, the shaven and shorn priest. What's special here is the dog, a little Boston Terrier, who plays a surprisingly comical role. Each time he gets tossed by the cow with the crumpled horn, he goes head-over-heels with an expression that's utterly priceless. Big and bold as the pictures are, they encourage close attention to detail. And of course, children will relish repeating the rhymes as they gather pace in this rollicking, bounce-on-the-knee classic. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Picture book newcomer Diana Mayo gives a fresh coat of paint to The House That Jack Built. She illustrates the time-honored cumulative rhyme with crisp lines, detailed vistas and zesty colors, and the human expressions on the beleaguered animals add to the fun. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This traditional rhyme may not be as well known to today's youngsters as others, but Mayo seeks to remedy this situation. As the layers of the verse build, she illustrates them with folksy representations of the characters in bold acrylics on hotpress watercolor paper that reinforce the rural character of the rhyme. The book is slightly oversized and each illustration is double-page, making this volume good for group sharing. While some listeners may prefer Jeanette Winter's The House That Jack Built (Dial, 2000), its small format is best for one-on-one sharing or individual reading.-Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.