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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599900766
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.6 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,945,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A wonderful combination of familiarity and originality . . . The dialogue crackles and the artwork leaps off the page . . . The old stories may still be the best, but that is because writers and artists with imagination of this calibre can still find new ways of telling them' --School Librarian

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A sequel to the highly acclaimed Rapunzel's Revenge, team Hale has delivered an all-new, hilarious tall tale about Jack, his beanstalk...and his best-friend-with-wicked-braids, Rapunzel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
Jack has long been a trickster - he's just not had the best of luck. When a heist involving magic beans, a beanstalk, and giants goes wrong, Jack leaves town. After his adventures with Rapunzel (in RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE), Jack returns home to Shyport only to discover that the giant, Blunderboar, is in charge, the city is in ruins thanks to an infestation of ant people, and his mother is being held captive and is in charge of baking bones into bread. It's up to Jack and Rapunzel to save the day!

I'm often asked to give booktalks on great books for tweens and I always inlcude the Hale's first graphic novel outing, RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE (and now CALAMITY JACK!). These two books are a librarian's dream come true! The Hales combine witty dialogue, action and adventure, beautifully detailed artwork, and lots of humor to create the perfect graphic novel. I would give this one to anyone who is not convinced in the value of graphic novels or anyone who's a newbie to the style. (And of course old fans, too!)

The fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is given the steampunk treatment in CALAMITY JACK, and those looking for a great adventure read will devour this one. There's even a cute bit of romance thrown in, so I think this book will have wide appeal. It is a sequel to RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE, but readers don't necessarily have to read the first one to pick this one up. The book starts with Jack's past and gives us a little information on how Jack and Rapunzel met, so I doubt readers will feel lost.

As I mentioned, the dialogue is very witty - there were a few lines I just had to read aloud to my husband because they were too great to keep to myself.
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A definite graphic novel to purchase for any fan of fairy tales as the Hale's interpretation of the fairy stories that I grew up with really bring something new to the modern reader. Beautifully drawn, wonderfully woven with a story arc that will not only entertain but take the world of the readers imagination into a new direction, it's a title that may well encourage those who are a tad reluctant to read. A duo who will make me sit up and pay attention to future offerings as this gem was something special. So special its being kept on a shelf where young hands can't reach for a good number of years to come.
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By Mrs. V. M. Leonard on 11 Mar 2011
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Not quite as good the brilliant 'Rapunzel's Revenge', this is still an amusing adventure, with excellent artwork, strong characters, and a mad-cap plot which races along, with it's own interpretation of the fairytales we know and love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
GreenBeanTeenQueen Reviews 12 Jan 2010
By GreenBeanTeenQueen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
About the Book: Jack has long been a trickster-he's just not had the best of luck. When a heist involving magic beans, a beanstalk, and giants goes wrong, Jack leaves town. After his adventures with Rapunzel (in Rapunzel's Revenge) Jack returns home to Shyport only to discover that the giant Blunderboar is in charge, the city is in ruins thanks to a infestation of ant people, and his mother is being held captive by Blunderboar and in charge of baking bones into bread. It's up to Jack and Rapunzel to save the day!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm often asked to give booktalks on great books for tweens and I always inlcude the Hale's first graphic novel outing, Rapunzel's Revenge. (and now Calamity Jack!) Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack are a librarian's dream come true! The Hale's combine witty dialogue, action and adventure, beautiful detailed artwork and lots of humor to create the perfect graphic novel. I would give this one to anyone who is not convinced in the value of graphic novels or anyone who's a newbie to graphic novels. (And of course old fans too!)

The fairy tale of Jack and Beanstalk is given the steampunk treatment in Calamity Jack and readers looking for a great adventure read will devour this one. There's even a cute bit of romance thrown in, so I think this one will have wide appeal. It is a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, but readers don't necessarily have to read the first one to pick this one up. The book starts with Jack's past and gives us a little information on Jack and Rapunzel met, so I doubt readers will feel lost.

As I mentioned, the dialouge is very witty-there were a few lines I just had to read aloud to my husband because they were too great to keep to myself. The artwork is very detailed-young Jack is pictured with his tounge out while thinking and we get a glimpse that Jack hasn't lost this habit as an adult. It's this attention to detail that make the art stand out. The text and illustrations pair perfectly and work together, which makes this an excellent example of a graphic novel. I can't wait to see the final full color, since the ARC came in black and white. (And be sure to check out the inside cover page for a peek at our author's and illustrator snuck into the artwork.)

This a book to share, to pass around to friends, and re-read because each time you'll see something new. I'm hoping we can look forward to more graphic novel's from this creative team-I'd love to see their take on other fairy tales.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another great fairy tale adventure! 17 Jan 2010
By Emily J. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have read the Hale team's other graphic novel "Rapunzel's Revenge", you will enjoy this further splash into yet another circa 1800s fairy tale blend with the dynamic duo of Rapunzel and Jack. If you haven't, well, this stands very well on its own with the classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" story set in a dangerous old-time city called Shyport, where giants control everything, including the cops.

Jack takes the reins here as he and his sweetheart Rapunzel return to settle old scores with the giant Jack robbed. We see Jack's history, both personal and the whole giant affair, and as a result he becomes all the more lovable.

The nature of the setting has not dimmed a whit. "Rapunzel's Revenge" had all the spunk of the Old West; "Calamity Jack" brings us the all the flavor and clout of a dirty city street where you don't know who to trust. The characters? Wow, this story has them. The gallant-but-evil giants, a gritty show pixie, and a rich inventor with nerdiness to spare.

The Hales have a strong bit of magic with the graphic novel, and this is another gem to join the first.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Less Original that Rapunzel's Revenge 28 Jan 2011
By Gypsi Phillips Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Calamity Jack picks up the adventures of Rapunzel and Jack where Rapunzel's Revenge left off, but this time the story is told from Jack's point of view.

Jack had bungled his last job in his hometown, Shyport, with disastrous results for his mother. He returns with Rapunzel with the intention of setting things right, but finds Shyport under the control of an evil giant and much more at stake than he realized.

Calamity Jack takes place in a town and has none of the Wild West charm of Rapunzel's Revenge. While it's an amusing story, especially if reading it as a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, it's sadly lacking anything particularly special.

I found it disconcerting that while Rapunzel's Revenge had only a Wild West tall tale type of fantasy, all the sudden in Calamity Jack there are pixies and giants and talking animals. . . If the two books didn't contain the same principle characters, it would be hard to see how they belonged together.

The art, as with Rapunzel's Revenge, is serviceable but there are no "Wow!" moments revealed through it. The art illustrates the story, rather than advancing and enhancing the storyline.

On the whole, if I hadn't enjoyed Rapunzel's Revenge and been interested in those characters, I probably wouldn't have found Calamity Jack to be worth three stars. As a furtherance of characters looked on with fondness, I enjoyed it; as a graphic novel, it was merely okay.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My daughter loves this book! 31 Dec 2011
By Mellomom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
She wanted this more thna anything because Rapunzels Revenge is her favorite book. she read the whole thing as soon as she received it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I Just Love Jack! 15 Oct 2010
By The Redhead Is Always Right - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this more than the first, Rapunzel's Revenge, which I also loved . . . but there was just something about Jack's story that really appealled to me. Maybe it was the little fairy with the hat fetish . . . Maybe it was the giant, or the stronger steampunk element . . . All I know is, I couldn't put this book down!
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