Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Readers Advisory

Kellogg, Steven.  Jack and the Beanstalk.  There are many good picture book versions of this traditional folktale, but this is one of the more popular ones.

Chase, Richard (collector and re-teller).  The Jack Tales:  Folktales from the Southern Appalachians.  The Jack tales are said to have come over the ocean from England to Appalachia, which developed its own Jack tales and have the mark of Appalachian regional language and flavor.

Osborne, Mary Pope.  Kate and the Beanstalk.   As with Clever Jack, this is based on the original tale, but actions make the stories fresh and new.

Briggs, Raymond.  Jim and the Beanstalk.   As with Clever Jack, this is a fairy tale based on the original tale. 

Baca, Ana.  Chiles for Benito.  This bilingual version of a New Mexico “Jack and the Beanstalk” tale explains the reason for the presence of the chile rastras in New Mexico.

Scieszka, Jon.  The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. This fairy tale book contains “fractured” elements of 10 different popular tales in ways that will make kids laugh out loud.

Steig, William.  Brave Irene.  A young mouse faces many obstacles in getting a ball gown delivered to the duchess.

Taback, Simms.  Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.  A  Jewish man, living in Poland, has a very old overcoat which he recycles several times into a variety of garments.  The overcoat becomes smaller and smaller but still useful, until all that is left is a story, as with Clever Jack’s tale.

Barry, Robert E. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. An oversized Christmas tree still maintains its usefulness as it grows smaller and smaller.

DeFelice, Cynthia.  Three Perfect Peaches. The king offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to the young man who can produce three perfect peaches.

Perrault, Charles; illustrated by Fred Marcellino ; translated by Malcolm Arthur.  Puss in Boots. A cunning cat schemes to turn his impoverished master into a wealthy marquis.

Note:  Older readers who enjoy folk and fairy tales may also enjoy familiar folk tales turned into novels by Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted, The Princess Test, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, etc.) and Donna Jo Napoli (Crazy Jack, Ugly, The Prince of the Pond, etc.)

Lists all of Candace Fleming’s books:

Lists all of illustrator G. Brian Karas’ books:


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