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Clever Jack Takes the Cake

by Candace Fleming

Other authors: G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

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I liked this book because it showed compassion even though the boy did not have much to give but, in the end he had given her something even though he didn't think that his story would be a good present for her.
  Elisabeth_Reil | May 17, 2016 |
Genre: Fantasy
This awesome book is about an adorably sweet and hard working boy who wants to make a cake for the princess even though he has nothing of "value" to give her. He works hard to get all the ingredients he needs, then makes a beautiful cake just for the princess. As he travels to the castle many events lead to a crazy adventure and when he reaches the princess's party he has nothing left but the story of what happened. The princess is overwhelmed with joy as he tells his story and loves the gift of the tale more than any other material gift she is given. I loved this book and I think it would be a great way to show students how valuable it can be to share stories with others and to get them excited about reading. I definitely want to buy this book for my classroom library. The media is pencil drawings and oil pastels. ( )
  gmorgan14 | Feb 24, 2016 |
Nice twist for feminists & others interested in gender issues. Funny, wise, just long enough to be a full-blown story. Good vocabulary words like 'chittered' and 'concertina.' Cumulative style homage to many of the popular tropes of common folktales. Fun to read aloud. Apt & heartwarming 'surprise' ending. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Maybe I'm missing something about this book, but I find it's messaging to be very bad. It is a cliche storyline that also offers questionable reasoning to children. I did like the illustrations.
  noah23 | Mar 15, 2015 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 15, 2014 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:55 -0400)

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

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