Jack and the Beanstalk by John Cech


Jack and the Beanstalk by John Cech

Jack and his marvelous beanstalk made their first appearance in England in 1734 - and for nearly three centuries the tale has continued to enchant children. John Cech retells this popular story with humour and warmth, adding plenty of entertaining details and bringing in some less familiar elements, too. (For example, when Jack escapes for the last time, the giant's wife comes along with him, and becomes his mother's good friend.) And Robert Mackenzie's art captures all the magic of the huge beanstalk and the giant's oversized world up in the clouds.


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About the Author

John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida where he is the Director of the Center for Children's Literature and Culture. He has served as the President of the Children's Literature Association and received the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for his contributions to children's literature. John has written seven books in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection for Sterling, in addition to retellings of Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Martin Jarrie, and The Nutcracker, illustrated by Eric Puybaret. Robert Mackenzie graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in illustration and animation. He has worked as a concept and visual development artist at Lucasfilm, PDI Dreamworks, and Blue Sky Studios. Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, The Hulk, Shrek 2, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Horton Hears a Who are some of the films he has worked on.

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32 pages
Interest Age: Aged 4-7


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Publication date

5th November 2015



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