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Jack and the Beanstalk (Book & CD) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Richard Walker , Niamh Sharkey
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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1 April 2009 Book & CD
The cupboards are bare, so Jack's mum sends him to market to sell Daisy the cow. On the way, Jack bumps into a funny little man who offers him six bewitched beans - but the man has lost the instructions for them. Jack loves nothing better than magic and adventure, so he swaps Daisy for the beans and sets off home. And this is just the beginning of his story. This is a classic story that should be part of every child's collection can now also travel with them in the form of a story CD.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862960
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A* 'One of the year's best children's books - the quintessential dream story is retold.' --Newsweek

A*'Trimmed to a jaunty pace and filled with lively humour - this remains a rousing adventure.' --Kirkus Reviews

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. Richard Hope is a British TV actor who starred in ITV's MIT: Murder Investigation Team as DS Barry Purvis, as well in a number of other dramas like BBC1's A Touch of Frost, and ITV's Heartbeat and Poirot. He also narrates The Barefoot Book of Pirates (HB w/CD: 9781846862366; PB w/CD: 9781841482484). Niamh Sharkey is the 1999 winner of the prestigious Books for Children Mother Goose Award for best new illustrator. She is also the winner of the 1999 Bisto Award, the Irish award for best illustrator. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Niamh has also worked with Barefoot Books on Tales from Old Ireland (HB w/CD: 9781902283852; PB w/ CD: 9781905236039) and Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (HB w/CD: 9781846862427; PB w/CD: 9781905236831).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack and the Beanstalk (Book & CD) 4 Jun 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Boys will love it! 12 Mar 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My son adores this book 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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