This is the House that Jack Built

Caldecott Medalist Simms Taback‘s This is the House that Jack Built is a colorful rendition of the Mother Goose classic, with zany real estate ads and pictures of tools that can be used to fix houses dotting its endpapers. Publisher’s Weekly: “The first spread introduces Jack’s home on the left, with the text on the right, and the word ‘house’ in eye-popping collage type… Vividly hued mixed-media illustrations and hand-lettered text introduce the invading characters. On the spread announcing the cheese, for example, Taback reveals nine varieties (one of which ‘lay in the house that Jack built’) and ranks them according to their pungency (‘Not so smelly’; ‘Really stinky’). Superimposed on the image of ‘the cow with the crumpled horn’ are labels indicating its parts (tail, hoof, udder) as well as the anatomical sources of some kid-pleasing delicacies (meatballs, Big Mac, etc.). As previous characters move to the right of each spread, they (and the growing text) begin to crowd out the house itself. Taback slips himself into the tale at its end (wearing a beret bearing the words ‘Guess who?’), applying the finishing touches to a picture that gathers the entire cast of characters.” Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars. You can also watch a preview of the book on YouTube by clicking here.

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~ by kaychubbuck on December 28, 2010.

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