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Title:
Jack
Author:
DePaola, Tomie, 1934- , author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"Young Jack meets a host of animals on his way to ask the king for a house"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
003-005.
ISBN:
9780399161544
Format :
Book

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When Jack set out to see the world and find a place of his own, he's surprised to attract a following of enthusiastic animal friends eager to join him on his quest. Jack and his entourage all have high hopes that they will find just what they are looking for as they travel on their merry way. Beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola has based this story on traditional 'Jack tales,' in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck. This version is perfect for pre-schoolers, as Jack's reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number - and volume - as the story progresses. Children will delight in the cumulative chorus of animal sounds as the pages get more and more crowded with the residents of this delightful kingdom. Strega Nona Does It Again * 'A wryly funny story of love and entitlement, with all the homey charm that dePaola's fans expect and love.' Publishers Weekly , starred review The Art Lesson * 'DePaola's well-honed, color drenched artwork . . . is warmly appealing; a deceptively simple approach underscored by pure craft. ' Booklist , starred review Little Poems for Tiny Ears (by Lin Oliver) 'Each poem and illustration is framed to highlight chubby babies and toddlers of all ethnic backgrounds at the center of their world, being active and being loved . . . A rhyming celebration of babies sand their worlds.' Booklist , starred review


Author Notes

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1956, a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College in 1970.

He has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. His murals and paintings can be seen in many churches and monasteries throughout New England. He has designed greeting cards, magazine and record album covers, and theater sets. His work is shown in galleries and museums.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this clever riff on a traditional story motif, dePaola employs his considerable charms to tell the story of a young man from a small village who sets off to meet the king and seek his fortune. Along the way, young Jack encounters and collects a bevy of barnyard animals, each of whom asks to accompany him on his quest. When they reach their destination, the king gives them the keys to a fixer-upper, where Jack and his menagerie will live, presumably, happily ever after. Throughout, dePaola embellishes his story with rich visual detail, including vividly colored printed sound effects, from Jack's squeaky new shoes to the animals' sounds, which afford a visual representation of the burgeoning cacophony. Careful viewers will also catch little nods to familiar nursery rhymes along the journey. There is an added depth to dePaola's recognizable style, with a combination of subtly varied textures and brilliant color applied to a vellum surface, giving the outing a traditional grounding and a contemporary flair. There goes the neighborhood, and it never looked better.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this small treasure from master storyteller dePaola, a young man named Jack is seen in a half-timbered house, a quill and a candle on the desk behind him. His direct gaze and tranquil half-smile give him the air of a medieval saint. "Grandpa," he says, "I want to see the world and make new friends and live in a house in the city." "Why don't you go to the city and ask the king?" Grandpa suggests kindly. Jack sets off, meeting a series of animals who ask him where he's going. "We're going to the city to ask the king for a house," he tells each one in traditional fairy tale style. Before long he's assembled a riotous, Bremen Town Musician-like group of animals who moo, bah, oink, and whoo all the way to the city. Their cries, carved on rubber stamps, are scattered on the pages, creating the visual equivalent of a cheerful din. And because it's a fairy tale, the king gives them a house big enough for everyone. As a bonus, many spreads hide scenes from familiar nursery rhymes, adding to the book's readaloud charm. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this spin on traditional folktales, Jack yearns to "see the world and make new friends and live in a house in the city." His grandfather advises him to seek the king's counsel. Setting off on his quest, the country boy encounters a chick that asks to come along. In cumulative fashion, a duck, a goose, a dog, and others soon join the joyful parade. When the motley crew arrive at the palace, the king presents them with keys to a big, dilapidated house. The final scene reveals a cacophony of animal sounds coming from the fixer-upper and an old man grumbling, "There goes the neighborhood." His wife wittily quips, "And it's about time." DePaola's trademark illustrations are warmly inviting and feature many nursery-rhyme characters in the backgrounds, such as Jack and Jill heading up a hill and Little Red Riding Hood entering the forest. Preschoolers will root for the plucky hero as he pursues his dreams and eagerly chime in with the pleasing repetitive phrases.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.