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Calamity Jack Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm often asked to give booktalks on great books for tweens and I always inlcude the Hale's first graphic novel outing, Rapunzel's Revenge. (and now Calamity Jack!) Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack are a librarian's dream come true! The Hale's combine witty dialogue, action and adventure, beautiful detailed artwork and lots of humor to create the perfect graphic novel. I would give this one to anyone who is not convinced in the value of graphic novels or anyone who's a newbie to graphic novels. (And of course old fans too!)
The fairy tale of Jack and Beanstalk is given the steampunk treatment in Calamity Jack and readers looking for a great adventure read will devour this one. There's even a cute bit of romance thrown in, so I think this one will have wide appeal. It is a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, but readers don't necessarily have to read the first one to pick this one up. The book starts with Jack's past and gives us a little information on Jack and Rapunzel met, so I doubt readers will feel lost.
As I mentioned, the dialouge is very witty-there were a few lines I just had to read aloud to my husband because they were too great to keep to myself.Read more ›
Jack takes the reins here as he and his sweetheart Rapunzel return to settle old scores with the giant Jack robbed. We see Jack's history, both personal and the whole giant affair, and as a result he becomes all the more lovable.
The nature of the setting has not dimmed a whit. "Rapunzel's Revenge" had all the spunk of the Old West; "Calamity Jack" brings us the all the flavor and clout of a dirty city street where you don't know who to trust. The characters? Wow, this story has them. The gallant-but-evil giants, a gritty show pixie, and a rich inventor with nerdiness to spare.
The Hales have a strong bit of magic with the graphic novel, and this is another gem to join the first.
Jack had bungled his last job in his hometown, Shyport, with disastrous results for his mother. He returns with Rapunzel with the intention of setting things right, but finds Shyport under the control of an evil giant and much more at stake than he realized.
Calamity Jack takes place in a town and has none of the Wild West charm of Rapunzel's Revenge. While it's an amusing story, especially if reading it as a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, it's sadly lacking anything particularly special.
I found it disconcerting that while Rapunzel's Revenge had only a Wild West tall tale type of fantasy, all the sudden in Calamity Jack there are pixies and giants and talking animals. . . If the two books didn't contain the same principle characters, it would be hard to see how they belonged together.
The art, as with Rapunzel's Revenge, is serviceable but there are no "Wow!" moments revealed through it. The art illustrates the story, rather than advancing and enhancing the storyline.
On the whole, if I hadn't enjoyed Rapunzel's Revenge and been interested in those characters, I probably wouldn't have found Calamity Jack to be worth three stars. As a furtherance of characters looked on with fondness, I enjoyed it; as a graphic novel, it was merely okay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Calamity Jack is the follow-up to Rapunzel’s Revenge. The first 40-odd pages give us the previously untold story of Jack’s criminal past. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skye Kilaen
Enjoyed the sequel to Rapunzel. Would love to see another book in the series.Published 5 months ago by AGP Fong
I bought this for my 11 year old son after he read Rapunzel's Revenge. He loved it! Shannon Hale is a wonderful author and the book is illustrated beautifully.Published 9 months ago by Sarah W.
If you like retold fairy tales, with a touch of steam punk, then this (and the predecessor, Rapunzel's Revenge) is for you. Funny, charming, intriguing.Published 10 months ago by J. M. Richards
It's pretty much exactly what you hope for if you liked the first one: more great interaction between Jack and Rapunzel, some nifty backstory for Jack that really lets you feel his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Swank Ivy
I definitely wasn’t looking for “Rapunzel’s Revenge.” I didn’t like graphic novels, and while I liked fairy tale retellings, I was a bit skeptical of a Rapunzel story set in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by E.J. Jones