Crazy Jack by Donna Jo Napoli

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Once there was a boy named Jack who traded away a cow for a handful of beans. But Jack was no fool, he was haunted since the day his father climbed up into the clouds and vanished. When the beans provide a way for Jack to pursue his father, he enters the Giant’s world, where he discovers the terrifying ends of greed and desire. In Donna Jo Napoli’s transforming novel, Jack’s search for his father yields not gold, but sustenance, love, and the means to build a life.

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About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli is the author of The Magic Circle, Stones in Water, and many other books, and is the chairperson of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College.From the Paperback edition.
Published October 12, 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Napoli’s earthy variations on the traditional story make the magic more satisfying, for everything Jack steals at the giant’s home in the clouds is altered when he gets it home, e.g., the hen doesn’t lay golden eggs, but an unlimited number of real eggs, while the pot of gold turns into a bottoml...

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The stolen treasures lose their luxury once Jack comes back to earth--the hen (no, not a goose) remains a prolific layer but of ordinary (not golden) eggs, the lyre becomes an instrument for Jack (""I play a freedom song for the woman of the castle"").

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