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Clever Jack Takes the Cakeby Candace Fleming
Synopses & Reviews
"The creators of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! celebrate storytelling with a sparkling specimen of that very thing. Too poor to buy a birthday gift for the princess, Jack decides to make her a cake. He trades for ingredients, giving a hen seed for two eggs and kissing a cow for a pail of milk, and tops his confection with the 'most succulent strawberry in the land.' Jack proudly sets off for the castle, but blackbirds, a troll, and a dancing bear devour parts of the cake. He remains upbeat, even when only the berry remains--to which the princess is allergic. When Jack explains to the royal (who's bored by the jewels she's received) what became of his present, she is delighted: 'A story!... And an adventure story at that! What a fine gift.' Karas's gouache and pencil illustrations have a folksy quality and match the understated emotions conjured in Fleming's prose. 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. Ages 4 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Candace Fleming is the clever author of The Great and Only Barnum, a Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year; The Lincolns, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac and Our Eleanor, both ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Books. Her books also include Imogene’s Last Stand, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Gabriella’s Song, and the Aesop Elementary School series. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois. You can visit her at www.candacefleming.com.
G. Brian Karas is the prolific, versatile, and acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara, winner of a Christopher Award; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, an ALA-ALSC Notable Book; and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy’s Story, which he also wrote and which received the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit him at www.gbriankaras.com.
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