Fearless Jack by Paul Brett Johnson

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"Back some time ago when folks still had to worry about giants and wild unicorns and such, there was an old woman and her son, Jack."

So begins this tall tale from the heart of Appalachia about Jack, a boy who goes out to seek his fortune (accompanied by his faithful, although somewhat cowardly, hound) and winds up face-to-face with some pretty ornery critters!

How Jack manages to overcome each varmint one by one -- without even meaning to! -- is the heart of this funny, boisterous story from an award-winning artist.

 

About Paul Brett Johnson

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Paul Brett Johnson grew up in the small town of Mousie, KentPaul Brett Johnson grew up in the small town of Mousie, KentPaul Brett Johnson grew up in the small town of Mousie, Kentucky, listening to stories about Jack, the boy-hero who starucky, listening to stories about Jack, the boy-hero who starucky, listening to stories about Jack, the boy-hero who stars in a series of Appalachian folk tales. In "Jack Outwits ths in a series of Appalachian folk tales. In "Jack Outwits ths in a series of Appalachian folk tales. In "Jack Outwits the Giants, " he has drawn on this rich Appalachian heritage te Giants, " he has drawn on this rich Appalachian heritage te Giants, " he has drawn on this rich Appalachian heritage to bring the humor and energy of the Jack stories to life. Paul Brett Johnson is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky> Paul Brett Johnson is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky> Paul Brett Johnson is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the creator of more than fifteen pictur Bluegrass Award and the creator of more than fifteen pictur Bluegrass Award and the creator of more than fifteen picture books, including "Fearless Jack, " which was named one of e books, including "Fearless Jack, " which was named one of e books, including "Fearless Jack, " which was named one of the New York Public Library's "One Hundred Books for Readingthe New York Public Library's "One Hundred Books for Readingthe New York Public Library's "One Hundred Books for Reading and Sharing" and "The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down, " which w and Sharing" and "The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down, " which w and Sharing" and "The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down, " which was a "School Library Journal" Best Book and an ABA Kids' Picas a "School Library Journal" Best Book and an ABA Kids' Picas a "School Library Journal" Best Book and an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists. Paul lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he k of the Lists. Paul lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he k of the Lists. Paul lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is currently at work on his third Jack Tale. is currently at work on his third Jack Tale. is currently at work on his third Jack Tale.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In a whimsical retelling of “The Brave Little Tailor,” young Jack paints “FEARLESS JACK KILLED TEN AT A WHACK” on his cap after doing for the yellowjackets feasting on his sorghum sandwich, then sets out to make his fortune.

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The grainy texture of acrylic on canvas lends an appropriately homespun feel to this telling of an Appalachian variant of Jack and the Giant Killer.

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