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The Book that Jack Wrote (1994)

by Jon Scieszka

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This story builds on itself line by line, repeating all the lines that have come before and tells the story of how the story in the book came to be. ( )
  Jenpark | Apr 17, 2011 |
I loved the premise of this book. It answered all the questions you had about the fairy tales involved in the story. Why did Humpty fall off the wall? Why did the cow fly over the mean. It was like a behind the scenes book that was extremely entertaining.

This would be a great book at the end of a fairy tale programming unit in which the library could have all the original fairy tales involved in this book. Then read this book to tie up all the loose ends as well as introduce kids into postmodern literature. ( )
  mwflood | Jul 21, 2010 |
This book is really cool. It starts of with a simple sentence - "This is the book that Jack wrote." And every time you turn the page - the story grows, keeping the entire story from the previous page. So - page one has one sentence, page two has two sentences, and page ten has ten sentences.

Opposite every page of text on a white background is a framed picture of what is going on in the story. The pictures grow with the story - but not everything is always kept in the pictures in the way that everything is kept in the text. This book was a fun read and I think that it would teach children proper grammar and new vocabulary with the use of repetition. ( )
  calvetti | Dec 22, 2009 |
This book has a very unique design and layout. Everything in this book revolves around the book that Jack wrote. The story includes many characters such as a cat, dog, rate and a baby. Each character in the book is showing action.

This book was a true reflection of a cumulative tale. This type of writing seemed to hop along the pages adn kept my interest as to what was going to happen next. I really though this was a fun book. Each line added to the chain of events.

For your own classroom you could have students draw a picture of their favorite character in the and why they are. You could also look through the book and find all of the action words in the story.
  DLWilson1831 | Feb 17, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140553851, Paperback)

This book is about a Rat, a Cat, a Cow over the moon, and a Baby humming a tune. It's about what the Bug did to the rug. It's about how the Egg fell off the wall. It's about the crazy mayhem that can occur when nursery rhymes go awry. Children and adults alike will enjoy reading this book over and over. "This one will wow even the most sophisticated." --Kirkus Reviews, pointer review "Clever, madcap text. A twisted treat in rhyme and pictures." -- Children's Book Review Service Jon Scieszka is the author of many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, and most recently Math Curse. Daniel Adel is an illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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A madcap variation of the cumulative nursery rhyme, this time beginning when Jack writes a book.

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