Clever Jack takes the cake

by Fleming, Candace.

Format: Print Book 2010
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Summary
Take a bite out of this deliciously funny original fairy tale by a bestselling picture-book duo!

What would you do if you were invited to the princess's tenth birthday party but didn't have money for a gift? Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake.Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. What could possibly go wrong?Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas, creators of the bestselling picture book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, have teamed up again to bring us a modern fairy tale starring a determined boy and a story-loving princess with a good sense of humor. While girls will fall for a story featuring a princess's birthday party, Jack's adventures with trolls, bears, and gypsies make this the perfect read for young boys as well-and ideal for storytime.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Fleming and Karas, whose previous collaborations include Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (2002), offer an original fairy tale that has the makings of a story-hour classic. Jack is thrilled when he receives an invitation to the princess' birthday party, but he's too poor to buy a present. Determined to make something instead, Jack trades his ax and quilt for flour and sugar, scrounges up more ingredients, and assembles a beautiful cake, topped with the reddest, juiciest strawberry in the land. Calamity strikes en route to the castle, though, and after run-ins with four-and-twenty blackbirds, a troll, a dark forest, and a dancing bear, Jack arrives at the party with only the magnificent strawberry, which a guard confiscates: the princess is allergic. After anxiously watching the bored birthday girl receive her presents ( Another tiara? How dull. ), Jack confesses that he has only an account of his day to offer. Luckily, the princess is delighted: A story! And an adventure story at that! What a fine gift! Fleming writes with rhythmic repetition and delicious word choices that lend themselves perfectly to dramatic narration, while Karas' gouache-and-pencil art expertly amplifies each scene's action and mood, and creates endearing characters in Jack and his new royal friend. Like Simms Taback's Caldecott Medal winner Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (1999), this standout picture book emphasizes resourcefulness and the power and pleasure of a well-told tale.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The creators of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! celebrate storytelling with a sparkling specimen of that very thing. Too poor to buy a birthday gift for the princess, Jack decides to make her a cake. He trades for ingredients, giving a hen seed for two eggs and kissing a cow for a pail of milk, and tops his confection with the "most succulent strawberry in the land." Jack proudly sets off for the castle, but blackbirds, a troll, and a dancing bear devour parts of the cake. He remains upbeat, even when only the berry remains-to which the princess is allergic. When Jack explains to the royal (who's bored by the jewels she's received) what became of his present, she is delighted: "A story!... And an adventure story at that! What a fine gift." Karas's gouache and pencil illustrations have a folksy quality and match the understated emotions conjured in Fleming's prose. With muted tones and subtle textures, the pictures capture the tale's humor (the dancing bear wears both a fez and a sly expression as it does its "shuffle-shuffle-kick") and Jack's earnest nature. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cake -- Juvenile fiction.
Princesses -- Juvenile fiction.
Cake -- Fiction.
Princesses -- Fiction.
Fairy tales.
Publisher New York :Schwartz & Wade Books,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Karas, G. Brian.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780375849794 (hdbk.)
0375849793 (hdbk.)
9780375956973 (glb)
0375956972 (glb)
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