29. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale (Illustrator), Dean Hale , 144 pages, read by Angie, on 06/28/2012

Calamity Jack is the follow-up to Rapunzel’s Revenge and it is worth the read. Jack was just Punzie’s sidekick in the first book, but now he takes center stage. Jack’s story starts with the beanstalk of course. We learned that as a young lad he got into some trouble with giants. So he stole the golden goose and ran. Then he met Rapunzel and wanted to make things right for his mom. Unfortunately, nothing is right in Shyport. Blunderbore, the giant, has taken over and the town is being attacked by Ant People. It is up to Jack and Punzie to figure out what is going on and fix it.

I loved Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack is just as wonderful. While the story isn’t quite as involved as Rapunzel seemed to be there is a lot going on. You have giants, ant people, Jack’s momma, fairies, a new love interest and all kinds of wonderful adventures. Jack and Rapunzel are a great team and this book explores their relationship a bit further.

The illustrations are also wonderful. They really enhance the story and bring it to live. I think the team of Hale, Hale and Hale is a good one and I hope they keep pushing out the graphic fairy tales.

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