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Clever Jack Takes The Cake

Clever Jack Takes The Cake

Fall 2010 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
ISBN: 9780375849794
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Clever Jack Takes the Cake is a fairy tale with a twist. It bears many classic fairy tale elements-a princess, a peasant named Jack, grumpy trolls-and refashions them in an original way. Jack's quest is to find the best birthday present he can for the princess, but things don't exactly turn out as he planned. Candace Fleming's story is full of adventure and humor, and carries appeal for both boys and girls. The pencil and gouache illustrations are done in a muted palette, and they underscore the many funny moments in the tale. This is a fun choice for either fans of fairy tales or those who don't usually enjoy them.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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Random House Children's Books / Schwartz and Wade Books

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