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Grade 1–2—A mischievous, easy-to-read comic story similar in tone and audience to The Cat in the Hat. Jack receives a jack-in-the-box as a present. Its manically entertaining occupant, Zack, keeps its owner guessing. Fortunately, when the fun gets out of hand, Zack and his friend Mack save Jack by wanting to trade the lamp they broke for a brand-new one, produced from inside the box. While the story is wacky, the cartoon artwork will appeal to a broad range of lower-level readers. True to its comic-strip roots, without the clutter that some children have a hard time reading, this title is a surefire hit.—Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA
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Comic visionary and living legend Spiegelman has ignored the effects of Early Success Syndrome and plowed right ahead, finding different methods of bringing sequential art to new audiences in interesting ways. Attempting to match the extraordinary achievement of Maus (1986) would be difficult, to say the least, so he and wife Francoise Mouly have developed the Toon imprint for very young readers. Balancing the aesthetic of comics with the familiarity of picture books, and even harkening back to Dr. Seuss, Spiegelman has produced a polished and fun story following a young bunny’s struggle with his new jack-in-the-box, which proves to be hyperactive and rather argumentative. With plenty of word repetition and age-appropriate humor to keep pre- and early readers engaged and curious, Spiegelman has taken sequential-art basics and fitted them to his new audience. Like all the Toon books released so far (Benny and Penny in Just Pretend, Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, and Otto’s Orange Day, all 2008), Jack and the Box is beautifully conceived and executed. Grades K-1. --Jesse KarpSee all Editorial Reviews
I learned about TOON BOOKS only very recently. I purchased this title to give as a present to my grandson, who just turned 3 and who is learning to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Victorie
The Toon books are a great series for beginning and early readers. This one, by the renowned Art Spiegelman, is particularly good.Published on January 7, 2013 by sheep107
Having never liked the jack-in-the-box toy or any clowns for that matter, Spiegelman does a GREAT job demonstrating the mischievous/sinister side of clowns that many perceive. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Lisa Barker
Toon Books are a new set of graphic novels aimed at the emerging reader. They are written and illustrated by professional artists/authors and are wildly intriguing for the young... Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by Nicola Mansfield
The comic fan in me picked this one first to read purely on Spiegelman's name. And from a sense of curiosity as to whether Spiegelman; a master of the comic form, could adapt his... Read morePublished on April 17, 2009 by R. Bruton
Jack and the Box, by Art Spiegelman, is a cute little story about Jack and a silly toy named Zack his parents give him. It's billed as "a first comic for brand-new readers. Read morePublished on April 17, 2009 by Jessica Anderson
I gave this book to my cartoon-crazed children (just turned 7 and 9) and they didn't like it. The story didn't engage them, although it was silly, and they didn't find it humorous. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Pam - because someone has to be GOOD
Having been impressed and moved by Maus: A Survivor's Tale, I tried hard to like this latest by author Art Spiegelman. Read morePublished on November 12, 2008 by Julie Neal
When we think of the Jack in the Box toy, we have memories of a fun toy that you wind up and get surprised when it finally pops out of the box. There's no secret there... Read morePublished on November 3, 2008 by MyParenTime.com