Bookbabbler Wendy has reviewed Jack and the Baked Beanstalk for us…
Jack lived and worked in an old burger van with his Mum and his dog Bella. They were proud of their cafe and they had plenty of happy customers. One winter though the Council decided to build a flyover and when it was finished it took all of their customers away. Soon they were down to their last few pennies and Mum sent Jack out to but some milk and coffee beans. Jack met an old man who sold him a tin of magic baked beans and that is where the adventures begin.
This is as the name suggests a re-working of the classic fairy tale with a lovely happy ending for all the characters.
Jack finds a giant at the top of the baked beanstalk but this giant is a friendly one that wants to cook him lunch and this giant doesn’t chase him down the beanstalk but falls down it and squashed the flyover thus bringing the customers back to Jack’s cafe and the giant stays as a chef.
The book is both written and illustrated by Colin Stimpson. He has worked as an art director and production designer for Steven Spielberg and Walt Disney. This background can be seen in the pictures as they look like they have been taken out of a movie and our loud and dramatic and bring a great excitement to the story. I particularly love the close up of the grinning giant with one front tooth missing.
This is a favourite read in our house and takes ages to actually read as the children love studying the details within the pictures.
Thanks Wendy and thank you to Templar for sending us a copy to review.