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Jack's House Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. This book actually focuses on the building of the house, and the many hands (or paws) that it takes to make it. You see, while Jack the homeowner (a human) takes credit for its construction, it is actually Max, a hardworking general contractor dog, and a number of other skilled canine laborers, who do all the work. So at the end of the story, it's easy to understand why Max gets a little upset at Jack resting on his laurels at the finished site. What he does to Jack results in a laugh-out-loud moment and a neat flip of the ongoing power struggle between builder and owner. Wohnoutka's full-page acrylic paintings are large scale, but are also full of small details for readers to enjoy. The vehicles that drive up to the site delivering materials and excavating are rugged and tough, appealing to the construction enthusiasts, but the soaring house is the centerpiece of the story, and Max's care in building it is obvious. This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack's house got built.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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"Delivers in spades."

"A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme....This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack's house got built."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 820 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823419134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mindy VINE VOICE on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
My two-year old son loves this book. He's one of those boys who's crazy about transportation and the great thing about this book is it not only identifies what each truck is called, but it shows it doing a specific job to help build a house.

The illustrations are cute, bright and attractive; the words are simple and repetitive enough that my son has memorized it already.

I see that other reviewers think this book sends a bad moral message but honestly, I didn't even think that until I came here. This is how I saw the events of the book happening:

1. At the beginning it has a picture of a house and the text says "This is the house that Jack said he built."
2. Through pictures we see Jack owns a dog named Max. Jack has a house built but the dog does all the work while Jack lazes about in a hammock and doesn't lift a finger.
3. When it's all done, the dog gets a little miffed and has Jack (in his hammock) hauled away in a pick-up truck.
4. Finally, the last page says that it is a house that *Max* built.

Nowhere does it indicate any "stealing" happens. The dog built the house, not the owner Jack. It never says Jack doesn't live there, or that the dog now owns the house.

I think when adults impose their moral interpretation on books meant for children, things can go awry. We see malice when all children are concentrating on are the cars and the cute dogs.
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Great book! I have a friend that has 3 boys and whenever I read to them, they always picked this one. I now have a 2 year old nephew named Jack. I got him the book and when it arrived my daughter was so excited, read it several times and was so excited to give it to her cousin. He loves the book and says read it again over and over again until he falls asleep.....It might have a little to do with his name in the book too.
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With humor and a gift for writing descriptive vocabulary, Karen Magnuson Beil has written a delightful book for young children. The words have a wonderful beat and is fun to read aloud. This is the real story of how Jack's house was built and all the different trucks, equipment and materials that were used. Mike Wohnoutka's pictures are colorful and full of detail, right down to the flames on the pick-up truck and tools on Max's tool belt. This book is the best I've seen lately for young children and I can't WAIT to read it to my first graders this fall. The girls will love it as much as the boys because it is so much fun. I know my class will laugh out loud as I read the ending too!
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I love the illustrations in this book. Kids will enjoy making connections between the illustrations, the story, and what is REALLY going on in this hilarious take on The House that Jack Built. If your kids love construction equipment they will enjoy this even more!
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Truly intriguing illustrations in Jack's House capture the attention of the reader even before the story does. The colors are vibrant and clear with beautiful detail on every page. From scraping the land before the cellar is dug to nailing the shingles on the roof, this book is interesting to my grandchildren. A bulldozer scrapes dirt, walls are bricked, trucks bring supplies and the house gets built. There's a play on words that is totally missed by my young children, but it's humorous to the adult reader. Entertaining as well as informative, this is a book worth sharing.
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My 3 year old grandson loves books about construction sites and vehicles, so I thought he would love this book. He's a smart little boy, but doesn't understand why Jack was hauled off at the end of the story. I've explained it to him several times, but he still doesn't understand and is always very worried about Jack and his plight. I realize this is supposed to be humorous, but I'm not sure at what age a child would find this funny. I really like the illustrations, but not so much the story line.
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Little boys will love the machinery, trucks and construction workers that fill the pages of this book on how Jack built a house. But did Jack really build it? Each step of the way, there were laborers and equipment to help Jack build his house. In fact, you might ask how much of the actual building Jack did! Lively trucks at work in this fun picture book for ages 3 to 6.
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If you like trucks (or even if you don't) you'll dig this book. It's a fun take on the original "House that Jack Built" filled with worker dogs and trucks and with a funny twist at the end. The pictures are awesome, and not your typical truck photos. Very fun for kids and their adults!
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