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Jack and the Giant Barbecue Hardcover – March 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Ages 5-8— Though Jack loves West Texas barbecue, his mother will not cook for him-not since his daddy died of a broken heart when a giant stole his recipe book. Vowing to get it back, Jack climbs Mount Pecos, steps onto the clouds, and follows a smoky sweet smell to a massive barbecue shack. The jukebox in the corner becomes a willing ally, hiding Jack as the giant comes in. After sniffing the air and downing vast quantities of ribs, sausages, and sweet tea, the giant falls asleep. Jack retrieves his father’s recipe book, turns the jukebox into a sled with giant rib bones, and pushes it across the greasy floor and out the door. The giant awakes, jumps in his pickup truck and chases the boy back through the clouds. Jack opens his own barbecue shack and lets the giant work for him. Full-color illustrations are done in gouache with colored pencil accents. Kimmel’s version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is served up with country music playing on the jukebox and rows of pickup trucks in the parking lot. Though youngsters may miss the many references to country songs, they will enjoy the vivid language and larger-than-life elements- the giant’s truck flattens all the mountains in West Texas, making that area “flat as a skillet all the way to New Mexico.” Libraries in which Kimmel’s other Southwestern tales are popular will want this one.School Library Journal, April 2012

From Booklist

Ages 5-8—Kimmel and Manders conspire to provide a fun riff on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. This time out, instead of beans and golden egg-laying goose, our Texan Jack goes after the giant to recover his father’s barbecue recipe book and finds a companion in a talking jukebox. Kimmel keeps the tale moving along without strain and with the level of wit that children will delight in being able to share with an adult reading the book to them. Manders’ colorful and cartoony paintings provide us with Jack (about age seven) in a ten-gallon hat, a jukebox that indeed has personality, and a giant who looks like Paul Bunyan on steroids. Large typeface invites early readers to try to work through the text on their own, but the story is made for reading aloud and sharing the giggles. An endnote describes barbecue, should any non-Texan be left wondering after listening to Jack, his mom, and the giant discuss its glories. Booklist, May 2012

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The kids should enjoy this book.
Daniel Lee Taylor
He wasn't interested, and the climax was so short and I was surprised how wordy it was up until then.
Mom Shopper
Great story and great illustrations.
Joseph D. Debban

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Beitler VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As the official blurb states, this book is a sort of re-telling of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The author puts his own West Texas spin on the tale, of course, and seems to have written the book, more specifically, for his close friends and family to enjoy, and hopefully they did. I, on the other hand, was disappointed by this book. From the product description, I really was expecting something funny from this book, so to not even chuckle a single time was a real let-down. My young son didn't care for the book, to be honest. He didn't grasp the country-western references and asked me to just read the real Jack and the Beanstalk story the next time.

The best thing about the book is probably the illustrations. The book is beautifully illustrated. The illustrator does a great job conveying the story through the art, and the book is probably more fun to look at than to read.

In short, if you are a Texan, you're going to be more likely to enjoy reading this book. To most others, there's nothing here to make you want to read it a second time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jered Cuenco on January 28, 2013
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Illustrations are nice and the story is decent. However my kids just didn't respond to it. I think the nostalgia of knowing the original story is what makes it enjoyable and kids just don't have that context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Anderson VINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
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My daughter Jenna loves reading this book, and has read it to me several times. The story line is fun and keeps her interest, and the wording is perfect for her reading level at 2nd grade.

She loves BBQ so this book was right up her alley. Great illustrations and well written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ashertopia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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Young Jack just found out that a giant stole his father's award winning barbeque recipe book, which caused his father to immediately fall over dead with grief. WTH?!

(This isn't a SPOILER as we learn this almost immediately.)

So Jack, overcome with anger over his father's stolen recipe book (not his death,) sets out to find the giant and steal back the recipe book. Along the way he meets a talking, huge juke box that helps him steal the recipe book and get away from the pursuing giant. The giant falls off a cliff (and presumably dies). Jack opens a new barbecue joint that soon becomes famous and everyone (except his dead dad and the giant) live happily ever after.

Why a children's book should have a father die in it is inexplicable. Why should it prompt questions like these? Why not have the giant capture the father and have Jack try to save him? Why was the barbecue recipe book more important than the father? This is most likely an attempt at satire and silliness. But most of it will be missed by the age group likely to ever read this, namely young children. Adults aren't going to enjoy the book either so who this book is written for is an outstanding question.

This is a nice hard back book, with great colorful artwork. It is also a mess of a story with one huge, glaring dumb choice by the author. Children's books should be fun and carefree. This one is not.
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By Britta von Detten on April 20, 2014
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Book was unsatisfactory and not paced.I think the book needed to pace itself a little more.I liked the main idea of the book,though.
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By Tiffany365 on February 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My son picked this book out & read it in minutes right after it downloaded. He says it was cool.
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By Joseph D. Debban on January 24, 2014
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My two boys ask for this book all the time. Great story and great illustrations. You can't go wrong with this one.
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Format: Hardcover
I got it from the library and had to buy it since my son (2 1/2 year old) LOVED IT. I loved the graphics and the story. My husband and I really get into playing each character. Is a FUN FUN book !
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