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The Fort That Jack Built
by Boni Ashburn and Brett Helquist


Overview - In this imaginative interpretation of the nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built," young Jack builds an amazing fort in the middle of the living room, using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, those objects belong to his family members, so when they want their things back--there goes the walls and roof Jack struggles to keep his fortress going as it crumbles piece by piece.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this imaginative interpretation of the nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built," young Jack builds an amazing fort in the middle of the living room, using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, those objects belong to his family members, so when they want their things back--there goes the walls and roof Jack struggles to keep his fortress going as it crumbles piece by piece. Finally, Grandma saves the day with her quilts for a sweet, satisfying ending filled with family fun. Boni Ashburn's text is brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Brett Helquist, whose lively style takes this tale beyond the living room and into the world of adventure.

Praise for "The Fort That Jack Built"
"Helquist's colorful illustrations truly capture the active imaginative play of youngsters in this humorous variation of the nursery rhyme."
--"Booklist"
"Rich but retro color palette."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781419707957
  • ISBN-10: 1419707957
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

All items that go into a living-room fort come from somewhere, and those doing the building don’t always think to ask permission before appropriating them. This is the astute observation made by Ashburn (I Had a Favorite Dress) in her anti-cumulative tale that riffs on the “House That Jack Built” nursery rhyme. Among those reclaiming objects that have been borrowed to build one such fort are young Jack’s sopping wet teenage sister, who was clearly in the tub when her brother nabbed the shower curtain. Soon, Jack’s mighty fort, once adorned with “Keep Out” and skull-and-crossbones signs, is no more: “Without sheets or pillows, the curtain, books, chair/ Jack’s fort’s not the same as it was under there./ New holes, gap, and cracks, and way too much sag.../ almost collapsed the fort that Jack built.” Helquist’s (Grumpy Goat) chronicle of the fort’s disassembly veers too much toward tableau, and the colors are curiously muted. But his Jack is a spirited fellow with expressive features and plenty of righteous indignation to win readers’ sympathy and inspire a little insurrection. To the sofa cushion barricades! Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)

 
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