Review: Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale
Posted by Rita Webb
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 ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.
Cute. Cute. Cute.
We get to see our favorite fairy tale characters again: Jack and Punzie.
Only now it's Jack's turn to be in the spotlight as he brings Rapunzel home to meet his mother, but life in the big city isn't how he left it. That giant who lives at the top of the skyscraper--the one with the goos that Jack stole when he planted his magic bean--has taken over and is holding Jack's mom as hostage.
Jack has to make right his past wrongs, but he's afraid of failing. Everything he does fails, and what will Rapunzel think of him if he can't save his mom and the city?
To top it off, Jack can't say anything right, and this guy they rescued seems to have the right words to sweep her off her feet.
This is a fun, fast-paced (haha, I almost typed "past-faced") read. I loved it, TJ loved it, and the kids have devoured it several times over. Nothing like a good book to pull a family together.