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It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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"First and most of all, this is such a fun and funny read. Your day will instantly improve after reading it. If you use it as a read aloud, you can count on having to read it more than once. But there are also several teaching opportunities available here. The back and forth between Jack and the narrator is terrific. This story would help teachers be able to explicitly talk about the role of a narrator and teach a point of view mini-lesson."—NC Teacher Stuff
"A delightful look at the true meaning of friendship."—Cracking the Cover
"There is much fun to be had with this book as a read aloud, making it a delightful addition to both home and classroom libraries."—5 Minutes for books
"Funk has put a slightly cheeky, but totally realistic spin on the classic character, Jack. Now he's relatable, hilarious, and pretty lovable, too. Supporting this new storyline are super fun and colorful illustrations, exaggerating character emotions and adding to the humor of it all."—Literary Hoots
"It is a very fun take on the story, and Jack is a piece of work. I think adults will definitely appreciate the humor...and elementary age children will find Jack's antics to be very silly."—Booking Mama
"Loaded with fairytale references — keep a sharp eye and ask your readers to point them out as they see them — and fun, cartoony digital art...an essential to fractured fairy tale collections."—Mom Read It
"This is another fun retelling for me to add to my growing collection. It's fun to compare original fairy tales with fractured ones. And when the illustrations complement the humor as well as these do, well that is icing on the cake."—GeoLibrarian
"It's all good, silly fun that children are likely to love...illustrations are whimsical and funny."—Mother Daughter Book Club
"The giggles were endless!"—Where Imagination Grows
About the Author
Like Jack, Josh Funk loves telling his own stories. He is the author of the popular picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench, illustrated by Brendan Kearney; Dear Dragon, illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo; and Pirasaurs!, illustrated by Michael Slack. Josh lives in New England with his wife and children. Learn more about him at www.joshfunkbooks.com, and follow him on Twitter @joshfunkbooks.
Edwardian Taylor currently works as a visual development artist and character designer for TV and animation feature film. His work can also be seen in mobile games, films, and commercials. He is the illustrator of the picture book Race!, written by Sue Fliess. Edwardian lives in Texas with his partner, their three dogs, and seven chickens. Learn more about him at www.edwardiantaylor.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @edwardiantaylor.
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In a traditional story, a narrator usually doesn't interact with other characters. But author Josh Funk adds a unique metafiction spin when he plays with the story's structure. Jack and the narrator don't just communicate, they even disagree. It gets downright bossy at times and Jack is fully aware that he is in a story. I must disagree with Jack when he says, "This story keeps getting worse and worse." For readers, it just keeps getting better and better. Reader code for worse and worse is of course, tension, drama, and conflict. Yes! We crave it! We must have it! Without it, the story would be boring. There will be none of that in this story which begs to be read a loud. Step into character and be ready to perform. It's your chance to use two distinct main character voices... (Personally, I use an British announcer-ish voice (think Robin Leach) for the narrator and a pronounced nasal-ish tone for Jack. Oh, and a low moo voice for Bessy the Cow, a dreamy voice for Cinderella, and a booming voice for the Giant.)
Paired with Edwardian Taylor's animated illustration style and lots of dialogue between characters, It's NOT Jack and the Beanstalk appeals to the reader just as a humorous video or television program would. And in this age of electronics and technology, it ought to earn high points with kids. Reaching the child reader's interest level is the key to transforming them into lifelong readers.
So goes the fractured fairy tale, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk. Cinderella makes an appearance while Jack climbs, and he develops a rapport with the giant, who prefers to go by his name, which is Fred. It’s all good, silly fun that children are likely to love. Edwardian Taylor’s illustrations are whimsical and funny as they show Jack interacting with an animated cow, winking magic beans, and a vegan giant dressed up with a bow tie. Other fairy tale figures make an appearance in the final scene, and children should enjoy naming characters from other familiar tales. Expect lots of laughs.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jack dislikes his life being directed by the narrator of his story. Should he be able to live life on his own terms? As Jack navigates his destined life, a fun, entertaining twist on the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story unfolds.
I absolutely LOVED this twist on Jack and the Beanstalk by author Josh Funk. I have fond memories as a child listening to the traditional fairy tale over and over again. Josh did not disappoint. The witty banter between the narrator and Jack is fun and lively. The illustrations by Edwardian Taylor are bright and animated. Children will read this story over and over again noticing new detail every time. It would be a great addition to schools where a fairy tale unit or fairy tales are used in their curriculum as mentor texts. I am definitely adding this to our retold fairy tale writing unit. If you do not purchase this book, you are missing out.
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, this book entertains kids from start to finish with a clever twist on a classic fairy tale. I read it to 4th and 2nd graders and they all agreed that the dissonance between the narrator and Jack's own story was what made this book shine. They were intrigued by the illustrations by Edwardian Taylor and were particularly impressed by the group scene in the end. They spent a lot of time poring over and identifying all the fairy tale characters. The majority said they would check this book out of the library and recommend it to a friend. They also were excited about the idea of a sequel, so we brainstormed lots of possible titles (It's not Rapunzel, It's not the Little Red Hen, It's not the Tortoise and the Hare...) Here's hoping that Josh Funk will take aim at another classic tale soon!