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Jack: The (Fairly) True Tale of Jack and online the wholesale Beanstalk outlet sale
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Fairy tale fans will give a GIANT cheer for this funny retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from the New York Times Bestselling author of Rump and Red!

All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor''s cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .
      But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.

“Liesl Shurtliff has the uncanny ability to make magical worlds feel utterly real, and the best part is: you don’t even need a beanstalk to visit them.” —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever

"A delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage." —Booklist

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"Liesl Shurtliff has the uncanny ability to make magical worlds feel utterly real, and the best part is: you don''t even need a beanstalk to visit them." —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"Shurtliff’s second fairy-tale endeavor, following Rump (2013), soars into the sky and is a delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage." —Booklist

"With a healthy dose of honor and integrity to accompany his wisecracking ways, Jack is a winning hero, and his adventures—both unexpected and recognizable—will please those readers with rollicking spirits or a yen for tales retold." — The Bulletin

About the Author

Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just like Jack, she was made to do lots of yard work, pulling weeds and growing green stuff she did not want to eat. These days, she dearly loves her local farmers’ market and always makes her kids eat the green stuff.
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first three books,  Rump, Jack and  Red are all  New York Times bestsellers and  Rump was named to over two dozen state award lists and won an ILA Children’s Book Award. She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales.

Visit her at lieslshurtliff.com

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When I was born, Papa named me after my great-great-great-great-great-great-GREAT-grandfather, who, legend had it, conquered nine giants and married the daughter of a duke. Mama said this was all hogwash. Firstly, there was no such thing as giants. Wouldn’t we see such large creatures if they really existed? And secondly, we had no relation to any duke--if we did, we’d be rich and living on a grand estate. Instead, we were poor as dirt and lived in a tiny house on a small farm in a little village. Nothing great or giant about it.

But Papa wasn’t concerned with the details. He believed there was greatness in that name, and if he gave it to me, somehow the greatness would sink into my bones.

“We’ll name him Jack,” Papa said. “He’ll be great.”

“If you say so,” said Mama. She was a practical woman and not particular with names. All she needed was a word to call me to supper, or deliver a scolding. I got my first scolding before my first supper, just after birth, for as soon as Papa pronounced my name, I sprang a sharp tooth, and bit my mother.

“Ouch!” Mama cried. “You naughty boy!” It was something she would call me more often than Jack.

Papa had the nerve to laugh. “Oh, Alice, he’s just a baby. He doesn’t know any better.”

But Mama believed I did know better. To her, that bite was a little omen of what was to come, like a sprinkle before the downpour, a buzz before the sting, or the onset of an itch before you realize you’re covered in poison ivy.

Maybe I was born to be great, but great at what?

At five months old, I learned to crawl. I was fast as a cockroach, Papa said. One minute I was by Mama’s skirts, and the next I was in the pigsty, rolling around in the muck and slops. Mama said she had to bathe me twice a day just to keep me from turning into a real pig.

I learned to walk before my first year, and by my second I took to climbing. I climbed chairs and tables, the woodpile, trees. Once Mama found me on the roof, and snatched me up before I slid down the chimney into a blazing fire.

“Such a naughty boy,” said Mama.

“He’s just a boy,” said Papa.

But I didn’t want to be “just a boy.” I wanted to be great. 

At night, Papa would tell stories of Grandpa Jack: how he’d chop off giants’ heads and steal all their treasure and rescue the innocents. I knew if I was going to be great, I’d have to go on a noble quest and conquer a giant--or nine--just like my seven-greats-grandpa Jack. 

There was only one problem. I’d never seen a giant in all my twelve years. 



“Stop staring at the sky, Jack,” said Papa. “The work’s down here.”

It was harvesttime, same as every year. Work, work, work. Boring, boring, boring. And after the work was done, we were still poor as dirt.

Papa whistled a merry tune as he cut the wheat. I grumbled as I gathered it up in a bundle and tied it around the middle. We did this over and over, until we’d made a pile as tall as Papa. I thought we’d be nearly done, but when I looked up, I saw acres of uncut wheat. “Snakes and toads.” I grumbled. How I hated the sight.

“Ain’t she the prettiest sight you ever saw?” Papa called the land she, like a lady he was trying to woo. Most of the time it seemed like the land just spat in Papa’s face, but he was ever faithful. Papa loved the land.

Me? I could live without it. I preferred a sword to a scythe, and a noble steed to a cow. I’d go on a quest to fight giants and get gold and riches. Then I’d never have to milk another cow or harvest a crop on a hot day.

I looked toward the house, where Mama was hanging the wash on the line. Annabella was flitting around her like a butterfly, her braids bouncing on her shoulders, not a care in the world, until . . .

“Eeeeaak!” Annabella screamed, and frantically shook her apron. A fat grasshopper flew out and disappeared into the tall grass.

I stifled a laugh. Annabella is my sister, four years younger. I guess when I hit three or so, Mama decided I was a lost cause and tried again, taking every precaution to do things differently. So firstly, she had a girl, and secondly, she didn’t allow Papa to name her or make any declarations of greatness. She was Mama’s sweet girl.

I remember seeing Annabella for the first time after she was born, all pink and bald and toothless. Mama cooed at her like she’d finally gotten what she always wanted. A boring lump that didn’t bite or even move.

“Back to work, Jack,” said Papa.

I sighed. Papa cut and I gathered and tied. Work, work, work. Boring, boring, boring. I considered feigning illness so I could take a break.

But what luck! Someone else disrupted the work for me. Mama was walking toward us now. Annabella bounced at her side, and on the other side was our nearest neighbor, but certainly not our dearest friend, Miss Lettie Nettle.

She looked none too pleased at this moment. Her eyebrows were pushed together, and the folds around her mouth hung down around her chin like one of those sad-faced hounds, only she was an angry hound. She glared right at me. Mama anxiously twisted her apron in her hands.

I scratched my head and scoured my brain. Had I pulled any pranks on Miss Lettie lately? I didn’t think so. . . .

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Even kids who don''t like reading may really enjoy this one!
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2016
Despite doing all the things I was supposed to, my daughter (11) does not enjoy reading. At all. I''m an avid reader, so I thought this was impossible, and it may turn out she''s just doing it to spite me, but even as a toddler she despised books. However, this book might be... See more
Despite doing all the things I was supposed to, my daughter (11) does not enjoy reading. At all. I''m an avid reader, so I thought this was impossible, and it may turn out she''s just doing it to spite me, but even as a toddler she despised books. However, this book might be the beginning of an appreciation, if not a passion, for the written word.

The school librarian encouraged my daughter to read Shurtliff''s first book in the series, "Rump." The girl was instantly smitten. She''s read it twice. Without being asked to. So, of course, I bought "Jack" and we are eagerly awaiting the release of "Red".

I''ve read parts of the books myself and they seem wonderfully well-written. Interesting and quick-paced. I can only encourage Ms. Shurtliff to write faster because she may be my only hope!
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Heidi Grange
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A fabulous fairy tale retelling made fresh and new!
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2015
After reading Shurtliff''s first book, RUMP, a new take on the story of Rumplestiltskin, I was very much looking forward to reading her take on Jack and the Beanstalk. I was not disappointed. Shurtliff seems to have a way of taking an old, well-known story and turning it... See more
After reading Shurtliff''s first book, RUMP, a new take on the story of Rumplestiltskin, I was very much looking forward to reading her take on Jack and the Beanstalk. I was not disappointed. Shurtliff seems to have a way of taking an old, well-known story and turning it into something fresh and new. In this version of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack is headstrong and full of pranks, especially when he butts heads with his annoying little sister. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of the story is the way the relationship between Jack and his sister, Annabella changes over the course of the story. The conflict between them shifts a bit as they gain a better understanding and appreciation for each other. The clever way that Shurtliff relates Jack''s adventures in the world of the giants to her previous book, Rump was thoroughly entertaining.

For a fairy tale, this story has a remarkable depth to it. The story if full of themes related to the importance of family, what being a hero really means, the power of story, and what real treasure is. While containing a lot of the well known elements from the original story, there is much here that is new. The addition of the small humans as ''elves'' serving the giants including in a cobbler''s shop, the boy named Tom Thumb by his adopted giantess mother, and the idea that magic has a cost attached to it. All in all, a thoroughly engaging fairy tale retelling full of adventure, great characters, and important themes. Highly recommended.
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Whitney
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So fun!
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
So far we''ve read Rump and Red, and we are midway through Jack and loving it. Love that it has brought characters in from previous books. We''ve loved the other 2 books as well, though Red got dark at the end, and gave my kids nightmares. I am hoping Jack does not get dark.... See more
So far we''ve read Rump and Red, and we are midway through Jack and loving it. Love that it has brought characters in from previous books. We''ve loved the other 2 books as well, though Red got dark at the end, and gave my kids nightmares. I am hoping Jack does not get dark. For young kids, I could do without some of the "cut your head off" and talk of slicing people up though, and why is king Barf so rude to his own baby. These books would have been perfect if not for some very dark pieces thrown in.
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Niki E.
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Fun fairy tale retelling
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2020
My kids and I are enjoying reading our way through this series of fairy tale re-imaginings by Liesl Shurtliff. I think Rump has been our favorite so far, but it was fun to see the world through Jack''s eyes in a very different way.
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Casey K. Conrad
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Jack Gets a Sassy Personality
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2016
This is a classic fairy tale based on the original Jack and The Beanstalk characters, just with a little more detail to the story. It is a children''s story, but it does have some rather graphic sad scenes. I did like Shurtliff''s Rump story better than this one; however, it... See more
This is a classic fairy tale based on the original Jack and The Beanstalk characters, just with a little more detail to the story. It is a children''s story, but it does have some rather graphic sad scenes. I did like Shurtliff''s Rump story better than this one; however, it was a good story overall and had some great characterization.
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Cher Harris
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So much fun!
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2019
I love this authors writing - I’m a born again kid so each of her books allow me to relearn the fun and fantasy along with the skill of reading too!
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224perweek
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Ok read. Try to finish it. Worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
It was good but that''s all. Got bored with it for awhile but was able to pick it back up and finish it. Glad I did.
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Wandering Family
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A magnificent retelling
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
What a fantastic story. This kept my little boy and my husband pestering for more every single night! They could barely wait after finishing Rump and then devoured Red immediately after they polished off Jack. It kept my 6yo and middle aged hubby alike rapt from start to... See more
What a fantastic story. This kept my little boy and my husband pestering for more every single night! They could barely wait after finishing Rump and then devoured Red immediately after they polished off Jack. It kept my 6yo and middle aged hubby alike rapt from start to finish. This series is absolutely worth it. All the books tie in marvelously, with characters roles depending and appearing throughout the set, however each book can be read alone and enjoyed thoroughly.
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These stories are truly a gem in the sea of bad reading
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Jack: The (Fairly) True Tale of Jack and online the wholesale Beanstalk outlet sale

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