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Jack and the Beanstalk (A Barefoot Paperback) Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Aug 2000

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; New Ed edition (31 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190122337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901223378
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 21 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,256,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Niamh Sharkey's Jack and the Beanstalk is both spectacular and eccentric, and its real originality is matched by Richard Walker's refreshing text.' --The Sunday Times

'Not only is this a fresh retelling of the traditional tale that is fun to read aloud, Niamh Sharkey's illustrations are a real treat. Whimsical and stylised, her characters are full of life and humour, while her palette of smudgy, earthy colours are pleasing to the eye and add depth and atmosphere to the storytelling. Jack is portrayed as a good-hearted opportunist who deserves his reward for his quick thinking. This is an ideal book for sharing or for young readers to enjoy for themselves.' --Nursery Education

'An old story told in a refreshingly new way. I love Sharkey's illustrations.' --Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Richard Walker was a professional storyteller who told his tales at a variety of venues from folk festivals, schools and theatres to private homes. He was also a freelance broadcaster and editor of Fact and Fiction, the storyteller's magazine. Award-winning Irish illustrator Niamh Sharkey works in oils on a gessoed textured background to create the richness in colour that has quickly established her as a world class illustrator. Niamh has illustratrated several best-selling Barefoot Books including Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (1998), The Gigantic Turnip (1998), Jack and the Beanstalk (1999) and Tales from Old Ireland (2000). In 1999, Niamh received the Books for Children Mother Goose Award for best new illustrator, as well as the Bisto Award, the Irish award for best illustrator. Niamh lives and works in Dublin, Ireland; she has three children

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
With a storyteller in yellow and green who sets us off on a well-paced tale, this story is rich in description and has enough depth for the 3-7 age group rather than being too heavily trimmed down: there are a couple of paragraphs per page, so six or eight decent length sentences.
As well as covering everything you'd expect in the well-known version, there are touches of additional interest and intrigue, particularly in the pictures, which my children comment on over and over again: wacky hats, minibeasts underground as the beans grow, assorted keys, and rows and rows of bulging sacks.
I grew up on "I smell the blood of an Englishman" and I'm always disappointed by the different giant wordings in newer versions. In this book he calls Fee Fo Fi Fum, I smell the blood of a stinky man - I leave you to make your own judgement on this.
Sharkey's stylized funky illustrations are tailored to the traditional through the use of a muted colour palette, greens, browns and creams with orange and purple, teamed with a rich forest-teal, harking back to an era gone by. I love the changing facial expressions of the golden goose and harp.
The giant is a big cumbersome creature with a jutting lower jaw and an impossibly dim-witted expression.He chases Jack to the top of the beanstalk and, with a smidgeon of twist, Jack cleverly catapults him from the beanstalk into space (complete with bean-shaped planets) with a BOINNNNGGGGG....... which my boys think is hysterical.
All in all, a brilliant contemporary take on this classic tale.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angela on 27 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I do not mind when my son wants this book read time and time again! The pictures are full of colour, vibrant and fun. Jack looks cheeky and trendy! The story is told with a sense of humour too. A family favourite - our 3 year-old loves it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Starks on 12 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
My class of over 21 Year one boys loved the quirky and unusual illustrations in this retelling. We listened to the CD version first, and then they drew their own illustrations of characters and events. They were delighted with the actual ones and compared them to their own and their peers. They roared at the giant's I smell the blood of a stinky man and the belching went down a treat! Full of lovely and amusing touches, for adults and children alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RJ on 4 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Love this book! I bought this book as a teacher for my class to link with our topic of 'Let's Grow'. The children loved it and really got into the characters. the illustrations are lovely and the story has a modern twist to it....brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LyndseyC on 20 Jun. 2012
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When my son came home from nursery talking about magic beans, a boy called Jack and showing me how you climb a beanstalk I knew I had to buy him Jack and The Beanstalk. When I read it to him he was captivated and quite honestly, it's quite entertaining for the parent to read as it's written in a comical way and the illustrations are very good also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.J. on 9 May 2012
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An up to date twist on an old classic. My four year old grandson found it amusing but missed the extra trips up the beanstalk and all the extra Fee Fi Fo Fumming that that entails. It shortenedd the story too musch for us. We enjoyed the CD very much, good sound effects.
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