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The famous adventures of Jack
Doherty, Berlie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
148 pages ; 22 cm
In a magical land of giants and castles and beautiful princesses, Jill hears several tales about characters named Jack, then embarks on a fairy tale adventure of her own.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 3.0 54688.
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X Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
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It all starts when the storyteller tells Jill that it's high time she met Jack. The question is: Which Jack? "They're all called Jack around here," Mother Greenwood tells her. There's Great- grandfather Jack, Uncle Jack, Daft Jack, Jack the Giant Killer, and more, including, of course, Mother Greenwood's lazy, good-for-nothing, waste-of-a-wishbone son, Jack.

The Jack stories are brimming with giants, magicians, dragons, brave deeds, clever tricks, princesses, and funny surprises, and Jill thinks each one is better than the last. But what does Mother Greenwood mean when she says that the storyteller puts everyone he meets into a story? What's with those beans Mother Greenwood tossed out her window? And what will happen when Jill meets her Jack?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Doherty, with her masterly touch, has made one continuous story of the many Jacks we know: from Jack the Giant Killer to Jack and the Beanstalk to Lazy Jack. It all starts with a girl named Jill coming to the door of the cottage where Mother Greenwood lives. Jill is looking for Jack, but which one? Uncle Jack? Son Jack? Great-grandfather Jack? Jill carries a bag of story items: a ball, a herring skeleton, some beans; and as she offers them to Mother Greenwood, each elicits a Jack story. A cat with moon and star markings has a place in some of these stories, as does Jill herself. Children who recognize these tales will delight in their interweaving; children who don't can simply let the sparkling, silvery language transport them. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Old Feller Storyteller sends Jill on a journey to find Jack. She soon meets Mother Greenwood and hears stories of many Jacks. One is brave, another cowardly; one is good-for-nothing, another clever. Jill is given a quest by Mother Greenwood to journey across a lake to a castle to find her son who has sold their cow for some beans, lost the beans, and stolen a belt. This clever folktale by Berlie Doherty interweaves several famous folk and fairy tales, some of them set in Cornwall, England. It is filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem. Narrator Prunella Scales, who starred opposite John Cleese in the British Fawlty Towers TV series, uses a variety of effective intonations and expressions to give voice to the various characters. The overall narrative quality is clear and compelling. Readers who enjoy fantasy and books like Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted or The Princess Test will be eager to listen to this production.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.