Reviews for Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks! : The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk As Told by the Giant

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 March/April
If you are looking for avant-garde fractured fairy tales, then look no further. These titles all tell the familiar fairy tale from the perspective of another character. The digitally created illustrations are bright and cheery. These stories would all be good for teaching point of view, and comparing and contrasting with the original tale. A "think about it" section includes questions for classroom discussion. The websites include games, jokes, and other activities. These will appeal to those looking for a contemporary version of the original tale. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Ruie Chehak, School Librarian, Neil Armstrong and Peace River Elementary Schools, Port Charlotte, Florida. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 December

Gr 1-3--These retellings of classic tales illustrate the concept of "point of view." They acknowledge and play on reader expectations: "People think it's easy being a giant." "The wicked stepmother? Not true. It's just another one of Cinderella's wild stories." Glib, colloquial texts and bright, cartoon-style illustrations create an ironic, knowing atmosphere. While it's an amusing trick, and makes a good teaching tool, the power of the original stories is lost in translation. These titles do not stand alone as literature as does Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Viking, 1989), but will be welcomed in creative-writing classes. End matter includes questions on how point of view changes the story, suggested reading, and (somewhat vague) instructions for accessing more information online.--Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

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