Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

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Take a bite out of this deliciously funny original fairy tale, which received four starred reviews and was named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and the Bank Street College of Education.

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.

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About Candace Fleming

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CANDACE FLEMING's most recent picture books include Clever Jack Takes the Cake and Imogene's Last Stand, and she is also the author of the nonfiction titles The Great and Only Barnum; The Lincolns, and Amelia Lost. ERIC ROHMANN is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker. His books for children include Time Flies, recipient of a Caldecott Honor Award.
Published October 31, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 41 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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A winsome gouache-and-pencil landscape sets the stage--a hilltop castle, a messenger on horseback, an escaped letter fluttering under the door of a humble cottage.

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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.

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