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Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting, funny, fractured fairy tale of boy vs. giants.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+
I really think jack and the beanstalk is really good and my kid is actually doing a play for it when I was a kid I did jack and the beanstalk too.i was jack and all my friends were the other characters

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JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF JACK & THE BEANSTALK will keep kids on the edges of their seats as they follow the adventures of the relatable hero through the scary world of giants. There are plenty of laughs along the way, but Jack's more action-oriented style will keep the pages turning. Some favorite, and not-so-favorite, characters from Rump make return appearances, and kids will enjoy looking at them from a new perspective.

Many favorite fairy tales also are referenced, and kids will stay engaged recognizing Tom Thumb, the old woman who lived in a shoe, and the shoemaker and the elves, among others. The modern, easygoing language and fast-moving action make it an entertaining choice either to read aloud or to keep kids engrossed and reading on their own.

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