Jack and the Beanstalk by Richard Walker

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One day, when they have no food left, Jack's mom sends him to market to sell the cow. On the way, Jack bumps into a funny little man wearing a big, baggy jacket with big, baggy pockets. In the pockets lie six bewitched beans, but the funny little man has lost the instructions for them. Jack's adventure begins when he swaps Daisy the cow for six magic beans that grow to the land of the clouds.

About Richard Walker

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Walker is a professional storyteller and freelance broadcaster and writer who has told his stories all over the UK. Niamh Sharkey is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books. When looking for inspiration for a new picture book, she turned to her old notebooks and sketches. "I came across a 1994 painting, RAVENOUS MONSTERS, featuring hungry, hungry animals. After much playing around with the idea, THE RAVENOUS BEAST was born." Niamh Sharkey lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Published April 1, 2009 by Barefoot Books Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Walker’s modernized retelling of Jack’s adventure up the beanstalk makes a fine counterpoint to the Beneduce/Spirin collaboration (see review, above);

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Like Beneduce and Spirin in their adaptation of this staple (reviewed above), Walker (The Barefoot Book of Pirates) and Sharkey (The Gigantic Turnip) try to mediate its violence.

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