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Calamity Jack Paperback – January 5, 2010
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Grade 4-9–The Hales follow up Rapunzel's Revenge (Bloomsbury, 2008) with this fast-moving story focusing on Jack. It begins in the city of Shyport with his birth. Even as a child, Jack tends toward scheming, conning, and thievery with various accomplices, including Pru, a hat-fancying pixie. One scheme involving magical beans and the wealthy and corrupt giant Blunderboar goes awry, leaving Jack's tenement and his mother's bakery destroyed. Jack's mother orders him to go, and go he does with a certain goose under his arm. After the events recounted in Rapunzel's Revenge, Jack and Rapunzel head back to Shyport to set things right. They arrive to find that Jack's mother is being held prisoner by Blunderboar, who is virtually running the city. They team up with Pru and Freddie Sparksmith, a young journalist, to save Jack's mom and the day. Nathan Hale's artwork again places the action in a fairy-tale version of the American West, now with the city as backdrop. His character sketches are delightfully expressive, and the book has the same rich palette as the previous story. It should satisfy readers who enjoy adventure, fairy tales, and anyone who loves a rogue. Some fans of Bill Willingham's Jack of Fables series (Vertigo) may also enjoy this take on the Jack stories for a younger audience.–Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Praise for 'Rapunzel's Revenge': 'Proving that fairy tales are not just for girls a fabulous, off the wall, cowboy-themed graphic novel' The Sunday Telegraph 'Exciting and fast-paced story makes for compelling reading' NATE, Classroom Issue 'If you ever thought of graphic novels as providing an easy read, this one will confound your expectations. It offers 144 pages of rip-roaring storytelling in which the familiar fairy-tale is hugely extended, gathering in its sweep all kinds of echoes from Wild West and Super-hero films as well as other fairy-stories' The School Librarian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
This one starts out with Jack's back-story and how he happened to meet Rapunzel while out West. We get to know his history and a little bit more about what makes him tic. The next section deals with Jack and Rapunzel going to the city to see Jack's mom and for him to make up for some past indiscretions. Unfortunately, the man who Jack originally ran from, Blunderboar, is now in charge of the supposed "safety" of the citizens. Blunderboar also has Jack's mom as a captive because he wants his revenge on Jack for stealing his goose that lays golden eggs.
It's up to Jack to come up with a plan to restore real law and order to the city, rescue his mom, and find a way to stop the Ant People.
I love this whole graphic novel. The characters are believable, especially Jack. You really get to see his insecurities and how he makes himself get over them. A very important concept for all of us to remember!
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Jack, Rapunzel and a couple of new characters who, honestly, I really enjoyed: Pru and Freddie Sparksmith. Bright colors, eye-catching and vibrant. What more could you ask for?