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Jack the Giant Killer Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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The book is chock-full of drawings. Full-page and half-page pictures, plus small paintings within the sentences themselves, can be found throughout. And the text itself is fun to read, especially from our modern-day viewpoint and what we've learned to expect from stories. For example, you won't find as much conflict and drama as you're used to. Jack decides to kill a giant, he goes out, and he kills the giant. He never loses, and the giants don't really put up much of a fight. But the story is still interesting because Jack defeats many different kinds of giants --- one-headed, two-headed, and even three-headed ones. And slaying isn't Jack's only claim to fame. Sometimes he doesn't kill the monsters, he just outsmarts them.
The old-fashioned language of the story is fun to read, and some of the storyteller's phrasing might even make you laugh. Here is an example: "Now Jack, though only the son of a poor farmer living in Cornwall, was very clever, for he not only fought and wrestled with all the youths within twenty miles round but he beat them likewise. Can it be wondered at that under these circumstances he should be his father's hope and his mother's joy and that the neighbours should look upon him with the greatest respect?" We might not admire little boys who fight quite as much as they admired them hundreds of years ago, but for Jack's chosen occupation, it was a necessity and it brought him great renown.
You will love the pictures, the fast pace, and exciting exploits in Jack's story. King Arthur even shows up on the scene, fitting in perfectly in this fairy-tale world of pure-hearted knights and fair damsels, castles and moats, and magicians with their enchantments. Don't miss this classic.
---Reviewed by Tamara Penny
The story is about Jack, who lives in a quiet town, and yearns more than anything else for a life of adventure. So when he is old enough he sets out to slay evil giants who steal from the little. As he slays giant after giant, he saves victims which earn him popularity and Jack acquires brand new weapons that help him slay other more menacing giants. His deeds gain notice from the king and makes him a hero, and gives Jack a happy ending with a princess and a big estate.
The illustrations are wonderfully crafted, and complement this classic story well.
The story can be a little violent but there is obviously nothing excessive. The story tends to reach the interests of boys more than girls. I highly recommend this classic tale, and hope you give it a try.
Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.