The Castle That Jack Built by Lesley Sims

The Castle That Jack Built

Written by Lesley Sims
Part of the Usborne First Reading Series

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First Reading: Level Three. An original tale based on the classic nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built" with simple text and delightful illustrations. Titles in this level encourage the reader to develop reading stamina, increasing to 48 pages. This will include the main story (up to 450 words) as well as character sheets or maps. The story includes a strong element of reprise or repetition, with the familiarity of repeated language chunks helping the reader to gain in confidence. Subjects include classic folktales from around the world as well as original fiction, all with quirky and humorous illustrations. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.


The Castle That Jack Built by Lesley Sims

There's gold in the castle that Jack built - and a greedy dragon wants it. One thing leads to another in this new version of the classic nursery rhyme given a fairytale twist.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, by Mike Gordon, and further enhanced by relevant facial expressions.

Complete with silver grey ribbon bookmark!

About the Author

Lesley has written ever since she can remember. After winning prizes for English at school, she went on to study law at university because her mother insisted she had something to fall back on.

She qualified as a barrister but realised she didn't want to spend her life in a wig. She was also writing short stories when she should have been revising for her Bar Finals, another clue that she wasn't cut out for legal life. Instead, she joined a small publishing company and edited their directory of the legal profession.

In 1993, Usborne Publishing advertised for a fiction editor in their Oxford office and she leapt at the chance. She transferred to the London office in 1995, writing puzzle fiction and humorous history books. Her "Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome", a spoof tourist guide to the city, won the Times Educational Supplement Senior Information Book Award in 2000. She is now a managing editor in charge of the Young and First Reading Series, Handbooks and Treasuries, among others.

When she isn't writing or editing, Lesley loves watching plays and films, learning to tap dance, taking long walks beside the Thames and playing her tenor sax in a jazz band. Her favourite colour is purple.

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48 pages
Interest Age: 4+


Lesley Sims
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

23rd February 2007




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