Sunday, March 28
By: Shannon and Dean Hale
Illustration: Nathan Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Books (January 2010)
A sequel to the highly acclaimed Rapunzel's Revenge, team Hale has delivered an all-new, hilarious tall tale about Jack, his beanstalk…and his best-friend-with-wicked-braids, Rapunzel.
Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler…maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.
With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ….
Calamity Jack is layed out such as a comic book. This is my first introduction to a book of this nature. While it is not going to be added to my favorites list anytime soon I did find this book interesting and the story was easily followed. I have not read the first book in this series Rupunzel’s Revenge, but I do not feel that it was necessary to have read the first book to understand or enjoy this particular book. Not much thought is required to follow a story such as this one, therefore it makes for a quick and easy read.