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King Jack and the Dragon Hardcover – August 18, 2011
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“Though the characters are wholly modern, there is a timelessness to the cycle of excitement, apprehension and parental comfort that should give this lovely book a long stay on the nursery shelf.” — The Wall Street Journal
* “It’s an enchanting tribute to both full-throttle pretend play and the reassurance of a parent’s embrace.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “A tale of make-believe that children will delight in hearing again and again.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“The rhyming verse, large trim size, and detailed illustrations…make this a suitable story for group sharing, while the sweet, intimate tone will make it a family favorite.” — Booklist
“From this simple premise of imaginative play, Bently and Oxenbury create a classically sweet picture book.” — Horn Book
“This one is sure to become a full-on family favorite at bedtime.” — The Washington Post
“Altogether, ‘King Jack’ is just about perfect.” — The Sacramento Bee
About the Author
Helen Oxenbury, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, lives with her husband, the illustrator John Burningham, in North London, England.
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Top Customer Reviews
Peter Bently's text has a rhythmical lilt that carries readers from one page to the next. And Helen Oxenbury's charming illustrations, which range from sparse to magical, will be examined time and time again. When the two elements come together it's perfection, playing to the words in some places and illustrations in others.
There's a classic feel to "King Jack and the Dragon" similar to that of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." It's the type of book you want to share with your children and they'll want to share with their own.
The illustrations which begin in black and white, erupt off the page into muted but colorful tones as the imaginations of our three little boys fire up in all their dragon and beastie chasing glory. The story then turns to a tale of suspense as our intrepid King Jack finds himself in the dark all by himself. Once again, the illustrations are perfect as they beautifully convey a dark summer night and a small boy trying to be brave but finally deciding that being King isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The writing is wonderful and possesses a read aloud flow that is so smooth it is easy for the story reader to maximize every triumphant and scary moment. When combined with these illustrations you cannot help but think of Max from Where The Wild Things Are. The story has a timeless feel that is guaranteed to leave your audience rapt. I wouldn't be surprised if this book inspires quite a bit of future fort building and dragon fighting. An enthusiastic read-aloud recommend.
Beautiful illustrations and rhyming text make for a lovely story.
"Jack, Zack, and Caspar
were making a den---
a mighty great fort for King Jack and his men....
`Prepare to do battle, brave knights!'
cried King Jack.
`Protect your king's castle
from dragon attack!'"
This story is adorable. The illustrations are rich and beautiful. The characters are charming. This is a wonderful tale of how children play and use their imagination.
A must read! It is recommended up to age 5, but I think children even older would enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This our favorite book to read to our grandchildren who ask for it every week. I also bought 4 more copies to give as baby shower gifts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by myfunkyhouse
This is an excellent Book and the illustrations are beautiful. great magical book for kids and adults a like. GreatPublished 21 months ago by yukon ho
Such a cute and heart-warming tale! Love the pictures and the story! The board book is great for little readers too!Published on November 3, 2013 by FeikeHobbit
I purchased this book to read to my grandson. He is 16 months old and he loves this book! I bought the Kindle version and I read it to him on my iPad. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by BookLover
I got this book for a little boy named Jack for his birthday. I like finding books for kids with their names in them.Published on September 9, 2013 by mizzrena34
I bought this book yesterday for my baby at a local store. My son is 7 months old and he cannot appreciate the book at its full yet but I think he will love once he is a bit older. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by E.W.
I love his books and was looking forward to this one so I was a little bit disappointed. I'll read it to the kids in my classes and I know they will enjoy it. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Marion A. Knott
Gave this book as a gift to an out-of-town nephew based on its many "notable book" selections. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by ferndale karen