I, Jack Paperback – October 25, 2005
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About the Author
Patricia Finney is Jack's real Pack Lady and his interpreter. She spends a lot of time running around after Jack, The Cats, and her three children. When she can, she writes all kinds of things, including historical novels, scripts, articles for newspapers, and the prequel to this book, I, Jack. She lives in Cornwall, England.
- Lexile measure : 540L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060522097
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060522094
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.38 x 7.63 inches
- Publisher : HarperCollins (October 25, 2005)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #477,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack is a large, lovable, goofy yellow Lab; he's apparently not neutered and falls in love with the beautiful Samoyed next door, who has a litter of puppies as a result. But don't worry -- there is nothing graphic and we are just told that he wants to "marry" her. In his efforts to help her find a safe place to birth the pups, Jack gets involved in some shady doing's at the old mill, with hilarious and oddly poignant results.
We loved Jack and we also got a kick out of the snarky comments that The Cats (Maisie, Muskie and Remy) make in the form of footnotes to the story told by "Big Yellow Stupid," as they call him.
The author mixes humor with a good knowledge of dog psychology. Jack is a actually a pretty smart dog, though his love of food proves his undoing on more than one occasion.
Recommended for dog lovers of all ages.
Jack's pack has new neighbors who move in next door. He's very excited to meet their girl dog, a pretty Samoyed named Petra. Petra is also excited to meet Jack, but her Pack Lady, Letitia, is not. Letitia's dislike for Jack creates a problem for Jack and Petra's new friendship; nevertheless, Jack soon finds himself thinking about Petra a lot.
Some time later, Jack is taken for Walkies to an old flour mill where his Packleader snaps pictures for a newspaper article about how important the mill is and why it shouldn't be torn down. Meanwhile, Jack decides to go for a swim in the pond around the mill, but has to be rescued by his Packleader when the pond proves too much for him. The next day, Tom stays in bed because of a cold, leaving Jack and his apepuppy friends, Pete and Mikey, to get into mischief. Jack is able to get through the neighbors' fence with Pete and Mikey's help; a romance soon develops between he and Petra, and they marry.
Unfortunately, our two lovebirds get into deep trouble when Jack's Pack Lady finds them scavenging for food. They decide to run off to the old mill; once there, Petra has Special Messages (puppies) and it is up to Jack to provide for them and keep them safe. But the pressure is on for Jack when his Packleader comes looking for him and ends up in an accident --- not to mention the unfriendly apedogs that seem to be visiting the mill at different times. Will Jack be able to save the day once again?
I think this is a good story for fans of Jack. New readers of Jack's adventures, like myself, may find it a little difficult to understand at first. Once you read the Jackspeak English glossary in the back of the book, though, the story becomes easier to understand. May you laugh when you read I, JACK.
--- Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle (...)