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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Jackson Jones (Zonderkidz - Quality) (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Reprint edition (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310722942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310722946
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publisher's Weekly:

"laugh-out-loud moments, stinky giggly ones ... and clever illustrations. Kelly is an imaginative writer; here's hoping her imagination, like her hero, continues to buck restraint." (Sept.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolutely nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university, spent many years writing bad poetry, and then decided to write a book. This is it. She is married to her best friend, Danny, and is mom to a five-year-old boy and a dog who worries too much. She embraces the ridiculousness and disorganization of life.

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By sc2424 on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The whole title of this book is Jackson Jones Book 2: The Tale of a Boy, a Troll, and a Rather Large Chicken. Now, doesn't that just catch your interest? When I reviewed the first Jackson Jones book, I said that it was like reading my nine year old's mind. I will use that statement again regarding this second installment in the Jackson Jones series (hopefully there will be more to follow!)

This second book in the series sees Jackson magically transported via a very strong wind and a stubborn patio umbrella into an amazingly large tree, filled with unique individuals. As he encounters different ones, he has adventures and shares some of his wisdom about life and "The Author" (God) with them. He has matured a bit and learned from his adventures in Great Aunt Harriet's Hair (in book one) and it shows. I don't want to go too far into his adventures, because you really should read them in the book, not here! Just suffice it to say that they're very silly and very interesting!

The chapters, once again, are very short, with funny titles that keep it all a bit crazy. Fun for out-loud reading or silent reading! I really think this book is a huge winner with children in the 8-11 age group. It's vaguely like some of the writing that's out there for kids in this age range, but this book is clean, kind, and teaches some moral lessons. It's not as overtly about God as the first book was, but there are lessons taught for sure.

I highly recommend this book, along with the first one. I do think that it was easier to understand this book having read the first book, so I would suggest reading them in order. This book would make a wonderful gift!

I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
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By Valerie Comer on January 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Strange things happen to Jackson Jones, age ten-and-a-half. In his first adventure, he got lost in Great Aunt Harriet's hair. More recently, a big umbrella and a bigger wind propelled him to a very strange-and yes, BIG-tree. So big it has an elevator with an operator, Sir Shaw. Jackson only wants to go home, but instead finds himself in a series of adventures on the various branches of the tree where he keeps running into the troll Stimple, Keeper of the Tree, who has random half-rotten food stored in his beard in case he wants a snack.

Jackson meets Burt, a girl elf who's more than a little OCD. She takes care of the garden, and she's certain the only way the Author will like her is if she does a perfect job. Which means Jackson may not sit on the chairs in the gazebo or do more than look at anything at all. In fact, Burt says the Author will love Jackson more if he cleans up a little, and sends him to Miss Pottle, a rather large chicken (see the title of the book) who runs the Tree's beauty shop and wears an excessive amount of make-up.

As you can see, Jackson learns a few important lessons about his relationship with the Author before he finds his way back home. Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, a Troll, and a Rather Large Chicken is told in captivating language sure to keep the middle grade reader spell-bound, and the younger child enthralled to be read to. The author (not to be confused with the Author) keeps the story flowing with a breezy, humorous voice and very short chapters (89 of them!) titled intriguing names such as Chapter 32: In Which Burt Shrieks a Lot. You'd Better Cover Your Ears.
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Format: Hardcover
A true children's book is what this author's first novel is. A little witty and clever humor sprinkled in with some pretty crazy imagination creates a story that any child would love. The author writes with such creativity that you never know what will pop out of the shadows next. The characters are funny and I could see how a young kid could relate to them.

Young Jackson Jones is cleaning his pool as punishment when a strange storm arrives at his house. He takes cover under a big umbrella but is forcefully grabbed by a strong wind and soars through the sky. Jackson lands in an unknown part of the woods and embarks on an amazing journey of a lifetime. On his journey he learns valuable lessons that I think that the reader will also learn. Even if your child doesn't like to read, they will like this one.
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Format: Hardcover
If you have young children, especially boys, you need to know Jenn Kelly's book, "Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, a Troll, and a Rather Large Chicken."
A bit of a slow start, but once Jackson ends up in the tree, a silly, sometimes disgustingly boyish gross, delightful tale.
Short chapters. (Some of them that short!)
Perfect for family read aloud. We had ages 9 - 48 listening. Even the most reluctant listener eventually found herself uttering the oft repeated refrain, "Read another chapter!"
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