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I, Jack (Bccb Blue Ribbon Fiction Books (Awards)) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Bccb Blue Ribbon Fiction Books (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060522070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060522070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-Jack, a big yellow dog, has fallen head over paws in love with pretty Petra; when her owner finds out, she comments, "But Jack is just a Labrador and Petra is a Samoyed." Then the plot takes a different path with Petra soon becoming pregnant. A subplot involves the environmental conservation of the forest area surrounding the mill where Petra has her puppies as a new highway is soon to be built over it. Jack's overemphasized stupidity in some scenes is inconsistent with his apparent intelligence in others. On the other hand, in scenes in which his real emotions come through, his character rings true. Some readers might find the scene in which Jack chases and kills a cottontail, licks its blood off his teeth, and says, "Yum," and later "licks the inside of the bunny's skin" a bit over the top. In addition, several of the dog-language words he uses are unclear; having to refer often to the glossary slows the story. However, Finney does a good job of weaving realistically believable canine behavior and slapstick humor throughout. Jack's sincere attempts to make sense of what people are telling him are particularly funny, and the ending is upbeat. Small black-and-white drawings break up the text on many of the pages.
James K. Irwin, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL
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Gr. 3-6. Meet Jack. Hi, hi. Pant, pant. Wag, wag. May I smell. . . . Oh, sorry. Jack is a yellow Labrador retriever. He tells us"apedogs" (excuse me, that's what he calls humans) his story in hisown words. Well, the three cats sharing his den (house) help by addingacid commentary in footnotes. A good thing, too, since Jack is verythick and sometimes gets things wrong. But he is sweet. Very, verysweet. He loves Petra, the girl dog next door. They have puppies, andthings get complicated. Jack and Petra run away. Jack's pack leader(owner) tries to find them. He has an accident, and Jack gets to be ahero. Oh, wow. Happy dog. Happy readers. Good, funny book. ShowBritish author Finney much respect. Tummy rubs all around.Michael Cart
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Fun for all apedogs, large and small.
Bess
I got this book for my 9 year old; she LOVED Jack and urged me to read it too.
Eustacia Vye
I am not even a "dog person" and think this book is a lot of fun.
Dreambook Annie

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bess on March 30, 2004
Format: Library Binding
If you've ever known a dog, you'll get a kick out of this book. I bought it for my 9 year old nephew and he has enjoyed reading chapters outloud to the rest of the family. And be sure to check out the footnotes written by Jack's feline sidekicks. Fun for all apedogs, large and small. Respect, Respect!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bibliotekaria on March 27, 2004
Format: Library Binding
What fun to experience the world through a dog's nose! Jack's narrative takes us on his adventures that center around his Pack of apedogs (human family) and the gorgeous girl dog that moves in next door. Jack expresses the full range of canine emotions from "happy dog" to "sad dog" which are tied closely to whether he is deemed "good dog" or "bad dog," and whether his tummy is full and is being rubbed.
Though he is not quite as brilliant as Lassie, this loveable Lab will make you laugh out loud by the way he interprets life. The resident cats, who only barely tolerate Jack, interject their own superior commentaries in the footnotes for clarification. Illustrations, along with a "Jackspeak" glossary at the back of the book are helpful.
Patricia Finney, Jack's interpreter, took her inspiration from her own pets, as well as Rudyard Kipling's "Thy Servant, A Dog," and also consulted books about dog psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eustacia Vye on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my 9 year old; she LOVED Jack and urged me to read it too. I laughed my head off at Jack's antics and read it aloud to my 5 year old and 7 year old. We all had fun trying to figure out what Jack's names for various things meant; "apedogs" = humans, "flying featheries" = birds, "big white waterdish" = toilet...but if you get stumped, there's a glossary in the back.

Jack is a large, lovable, goofy yellow Lab; he's apparently not neutered and falls in love with the beautiful Samoyed next door, who has a litter of puppies as a result. But don't worry -- there is nothing graphic and we are just told that he wants to "marry" her. In his efforts to help her find a safe place to birth the pups, Jack gets involved in some shady doing's at the old mill, with hilarious and oddly poignant results.

We loved Jack and we also got a kick out of the snarky comments that The Cats (Maisie, Muskie and Remy) make in the form of footnotes to the story told by "Big Yellow Stupid," as they call him.

The author mixes humor with a good knowledge of dog psychology. Jack is a actually a pretty smart dog, though his love of food proves his undoing on more than one occasion.

Recommended for dog lovers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lee ONeill on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great story told from the perspective of the dog. The unconventional format was enlightening to our child who is used to reading stories told by little girls or other narrators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dreambook Annie on June 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book in a Goodwill pile and paid all of 49 cents for it. What a gem! I read several chapters in the car before I left the parking lot and laughed out loud! Brought it home to my 13 year old son who finished it faster than any book I've known him to read, and just lent it to my adult (over 50) male office mate this morning. He and the book have disappeared (hmmm) so it must be reminding him of his older yellow lab. I don't know which is funnier, Jack or the cats' commentaries. I am not even a "dog person" and think this book is a lot of fun. You know that dogs must be thinking this sort of thing, and cats as well. I recommend this book to anyone, any age... it is a hoot. And I am glad to see that Jack has written another book recently!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Gross on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 7 year old daughter at her school book fair, along with several other paperbacks. She devoured it and kept insisting that I read it. I said ok, thinking I want to encourage her love of reading and knowing how much fun it is to recommend a good book to someone so you can then talk about it when they are finished. I did not expect to enjoy it so thoroughly, however! I laughed right out loud, highly recommnended it to my husband when I was finished, and read it to my younger son soon after I had finished it the first time. I laughed while reading it to him, too! If you've ever wondered what the heck a dog must be thinking to do what he/she does, this book is of tremendous help. I often find myself thinking in Jack-terms when dealing with our 18 month old Chocolate Lab. I just purchased the next Jack book and thought I'd take a minute to add my positive review of the first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Mom on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
My 9 year old sons and I have laughed ourselves silly reading aloud this book. The author does a wonderful job of getting inside the mind of a big goofy yellow lab. Jack's "voice" could fit every labrador I've ever met. The boys could easily read it on their own, but reading it aloud is so much more fun. Even kids who don't like to read would have a hard time putting down this book.
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