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The Story of the Jack O'Lantern Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 27, 2010
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Jack, the titular character, is described and illustrated in a manner that wouldn't stretch the imagination to discover he's the lazy second-cousin of Scrooge. The fact that Jack makes a Faustian bargain with a "too friendly man" sporting cloven hooves for the price of a meal only proves that he's as short-sighted as he's despicable.
Tasked with drawing the devil, illustrator Brandon Dorman leaves no doubt that "too friendly man" is indeed Mephistopheles, with a widow's peak, sharply-pointed nose, red eyes and the aforementioned cloven hooves. The image of the devil hurling a burning coal into Jack's stolen pumpkin sent a shiver through my sons (ages 8 and 7). Dorman's illustrations capture the right mood; he uses both facing pages for each image, filling the layers and edges with detail. My sons scoured each page and pointed out Jack climbing over a fence ("There he is!") in the background of one of the last pages.
The epilogue explains that the Irish customs and folklore reached America in the 1800s. No doubt children of that generation were steeled for spooky tales. Grimms' Fairy Tales houses characters as equally spine-chilling as what is found in this book. However, today's generation of parents will likely be taken aback by the lack of positive characters and an unsettling ending, especially for preschool readers.
My sons asked several questions when we reached the end of the book:
"Is Jack a zombie?"
"Does he hide outside on Halloween?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the story of jack o'lantern is my favorite to read during the halloween season. thank you so much. love it.Published on July 6, 2013 by jen
One of the main reasons this book only gets one star is the fact that it is a horrible story for the age group it is supposed to be for. This should not be read to preschoolers. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Dawn Albers