Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5S4.468088
Fairy tale fans will give a GIANT cheer for this funny retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from the New York Times Bestselling author of Rump and Red!

All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor's cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .
But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.

“Liesl Shurtliff has the uncanny ability to make magical worlds feel utterly real, and the best part is: you don’t even need a beanstalk to visit them.” —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever

"A delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage." —Booklist
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on April 14, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385755791
ISBN-13: 9780385755795
7 Book Reviews
  • belle252
    belle252about 2 years55 stars
    Jack already has the life of a poor farmer, but he starts to wonder how miserable his life can be after his father is stolen by giants. But it is not like he can do much. The giants took his father far away, and he has to climb a giant beanstalk to get to the giant world. Right when he is about to reach his father, a question pesters him. Will he ever get to his father? And if he does, he can get stolen again. Will life ever come back to normal?
    • ezernaad
      ezernaadalmost 4 years
      Really funny can't wait to read the rest of the series
      • hollowitz
        hollowitzover 6 years33 stars
        Its a nice book it tells the whole fantasy story all over again just with more creative ideas. I recommend this book for almost everyone but mostly fourth fifth sixth graders.
        • demosthenes
          demosthenesover 6 years
          I want to read this sooo bad!!!! I read rump and loved it sooo much. and I can't wait to ead this one!!!!
          • jellybean1
            jellybean1about 7 years
            I really want to read this book and Rump, my friend keeps telling me I should read them!
            • eeyore365
              eeyore365about 7 years55 stars
              I love this author overall. He unique writing style of taking fairytales and making them into something that any age could enjoy is very cool. I think one of the issues of writing like that is that you still have to keep the storyline of the fairytale. Shurtliff definetly got that down pat. In the story, Jack's family is poor. One day, they wake up to see their crops gone. They all think it's nothing, except for a weird guy who thinks it was giants. Nobody believes him but it happens again, this time in the day. Jack's father is taken away by a big arm. Jack trades his only cow to the weird old person for some magic beans. Jack and his little sister go on a mission to save their father, and maybe find out more about giants then they ever meant to in the process.