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Clever Jack Takes the Cake

by Candace Fleming

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  BRCSBooks | Aug 15, 2014 |
An enjoyable variant on the folklore quest tale. I liked so many of the little touches: such as Jack making a cake (as opposed to whittling a doodad, or whatever), and doing it quite well; the candle that appears instead of a lightbulb over his head when he has an idea; his glass-half-full attitude; the flower girl running around the throne room having the time of her life; some of the phrases; the way the little forest animals are all lined up at the edge of the page watching Jack go by himself into the forest; the hair tucked behind Jack's ears; the mix of traditional (troll, dark woods) and untraditional (crows, dancing bear) obstacles in his path.

The princess is a bit of a dip about her other birthday presents, but she *does* go off on a visit to Jack's house (in the endpapers) without getting her prissy knickers in a twist, so maybe she's okay after all. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
In the tradition of other Jack tales, Jack bakes a beautiful cake for the princess's 10th birthday party, but it slowly disappears as he journeys to the palace. By the time he gets there, all that is left is one single, perfect strawberry... but it turns out the princess is allergic. What gift can Jack possibly come up with now? Charming illustrations complement this delightful story. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
A fun, delightful story presented as an original fairy tale. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This was a very cute story about a young boy named Jack who is invited to a birthday party by the princess of his kingdom, and every child around is invited. The problem is Jack is very poor and cannot afford a present for the princess. So he starts to trade all of his most valuable processions to local people around his village and make a cake. He must travel a long distance, through many dangers, and eventually becomes the princesses best friend and he and his family are taken care of by the princess forever. A very sweet book all around. ( )
  christian.mehalic | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Jack makes a cake for the princess but gives pieces of it away as he makes his way to the party. In the end, he has nothing to give her, but he tells her the story of how he got to the palace. She is excited by the great gift of a story. I thought this was a nice way to teach kids about what is important. Not the gift, but the act of giving in itself. Also, the art was nice but not great. I thought the story was smooth and easy to follow for younger audiences. I would not probably use this one in a high school setting.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375849793, Hardcover)

Take a bite out of this deliciously funny original fairy tale, which received four starred reviews and was named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and the Bank Street College of Education.

What would you do if you were invited to the princess’s tenth birthday party but didn’t have money for a gift? Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake.

Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. What could possibly go wrong?

Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas, creators of the bestselling picture book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, have teamed up again to bring us a modern fairy tale starring a determined boy and a story-loving princess with a good sense of humor. While girls will fall for a story featuring a princess’s birthday party, Jack’s adventures with trolls, bears, and gypsies make this the perfect read for young boys as well—and ideal for storytime.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:12 -0400)

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A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess.

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