Calamity Jack
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Annotation: In this graphic novel interpretation of "Jack and the beanstalk," Jack is a born schemer who climbs a magical beanstalk in the hope of exacting justice from a mean giant and gaining a fortune for his widowed mother, aided by some friends.
Catalog Number: #40973
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Hale, Nathan,
Pages: 144 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-599-90373-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-40927-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-599-90373-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-40927-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008041332
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
The stars of the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge (2008) move from the Old West to the big city, and this time the spotlight shines on Jack. After his success during his time on the run with Rapunzel, Jack returns to the city determined to prove to his mother (and to Rapunzel) that he is not the scheming delinquent she believes him to be. Instead, he finds the city controlled by an evil giant and under attack by a mysterious enemy. Jack must come up with his best scheme yet to defeat the enemy, save the city, and prove his worth to the women he cares about most. The urban setting suits this retelling of the familiar beanstalk tale; Nathan Hale's art gives it a steampunk twist, and the addition of fairy-tale creatures like giants and pixies is natural and convincing. Shannon and Dean Hale have done an excellent job stretching the bones of the traditional fable into a high-action coming-of-age story that will keep young teen readers excited and engaged.
Kirkus Reviews
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) is back in this companion to Rapunzel's Revenge (2008 ). Moving away from the Wild West that Rapunzel called home, the Hales make readers privy to Jack's point of view, giving them a glimpse of his life back in the city. After a little mishap with a burgeoning bean, Jack must set things right in urban Shyport and rescue his mother from a menacing giant named Blunderboar. With braid-whipping Rapunzel at his side, he sets out to take care of this business, although he is fearful that she will learn about his previous life and his less-than-legal indiscretions. When another potential beau joins the mix, Jack must confront his past if he wants to include Rapunzel in his future. Populated with ant people, giants, pixies and even a Jabberwock, this fantastic yarn has something for everyone. Rapunzel's fans should not fear: This volume, though told from a male perspective, has all the pluck and verve of its predecessor. Readers will relish this gleeful mix of fairy tale, adventure and romance. (Graphic fiction. 9 & up)
Publishers Weekly

Calamity Jack follows up Rapunzel's Revenge, the 2008 graphic novel that imagined the famous damsel in distress taking matters into her own hands. Children's author Shannon Hale and her husband, Dean, and illustrator Hall offer a charming update of Jack and Beanstalk, set in a world that combines elements of fairy tales, a Gilded Age American city, and the Wild West. Jack is a young huckster until one of his schemes leads him to stumble upon a dastardly plot by the evil giant who lives in a penthouse that towers above Shyport. Teaming again with Rapunzel, and a few other allies, Jack leads readers on adventure trekking through sewers and taking to the sky. The dynamic artwork fits well with Jack and Rapunzel's quick tongues, as they flirt their way through numerous hair-raising situations. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)

School Library Journal
Gr 4-9 The Hales follow up Rapunzel s Revenge (Bloomsbury, 2008) with this fast-moving story focusing on Jack. It begins in the city of Shyport with his birth. Even as a child, Jack tends toward scheming, conning, and thievery with various accomplices, including Pru, a hat-fancying pixie. One scheme involving magical beans and the wealthy and corrupt giant Blunderboar goes awry, leaving Jacks tenement and his mothers bakery destroyed. Jacks mother orders him to go, and go he does with a certain goose under his arm. After the events recounted in Rapunzels Revenge , Jack and Rapunzel head back to Shyport to set things right. They arrive to find that Jacks mother is being held prisoner by Blunderboar, who is virtually running the city. They team up with Pru and Freddie Sparksmith, a young journalist, to save Jacks mom and the day. Nathan Hales artwork again places the action in a fairy-tale version of the American West, now with the city as backdrop. His character sketches are delightfully expressive, and the book has the same rich palette as the previous story. It should satisfy readers who enjoy adventure, fairy tales, and anyone who loves a rogue. Some fans of Bill Willinghams Jack of Fables series (Vertigo) may also enjoy this take on the Jack stories for a younger audience. Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Word Count: 9,075
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 134833 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q48553
Lexile: 560L

Co-written by New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor winning author Shannon Hale, this sequel to the highly acclaimed Rapunzel's Revenge is a hilarious tall tale about Jack, his beanstalk . . . and his best-friend-with-wicked-braids, Rapunzel. Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind . . . with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler . . . maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk. With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people . . . while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure. Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale: Graphic Novels with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale Rapunzel's Revenge Calamity Jack The Books of Bayern The Goose Girl Enna Burning River Secrets Forest Born The Princess Academy trilogy Princess Academy Princess Academy: Palace of Stone Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters Book of a Thousand Days Dangerous For Adults Austenland Midnight in Austenland The Actor and the Housewife


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