Crazy Jack

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Dell Laurel-leaf, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 134 pages
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"Crazy Jack" is a retelling of a favorite fairy tale, "Jack and the Beanstalk." Jack is only nine years old when his father disappears after climbing a cliff in search of a pot of gold. Seven years later, Jack trades the family cow for magic beans at the market. Then he plants the magic beans at the base of the cliff grow, so he can search for his father. The cannibalistic, wife beating giant chanting "Fee, fi, fo, fum" enters the story. Napoli puts a twist in the traditional story by adding a tale of romance between Jack and the cheese-making neighbor's daughter, Flora.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Napoli (with Richard Tchen, Spinners, p. 887, etc.) continues to retell familiar tales in this gripping novel about Jack and the events surrounding the beanstalk. Jack has a fine life, planning to ... Read full review


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Donna Jo Napoli was born on February 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in mathematics, an M.A. in Italian literature, and a Ph.D. in general and romance linguistics from Harvard University. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals, and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. In the area of linguistics, she has authored five books, co-authored six books, edited one book, and co-edited five books. She is also a published poet and co-editor of four volumes of poetry. Her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, was published in 1991. Her other novels include the Zel, Beast, The Wager, Lights on the Nile, Skin, Storm, Hidden, and Dark Shimmer. She is also the author of several picture books including Flamingo Dream, The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions, Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication, The Crossing, A Single Pearl, and Hands and Hearts. She has received several awards including the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award for The Prince of the Pond and the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water.

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