Calamity Jack

Calamity Jack

Book - 2010
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In this graphic novel interpretation of "Jack and the beanstalk," Jack is a born schemer who climbs a magical beanstalk in the hope of exacting justice from a mean giant and gaining a fortune for his widowed mother, aided by some friends.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599903736
Branch Call Number: Ju 741.5 Hal
Alternative Title: Jack and the beanstalk


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TSCPL_LissaS Jan 11, 2017

My kids and I loved reading Rapunzel's Revenge. Since I have both a boy and a girl reader, I appreciate when we have a series that has a strong female AND a strong male lead character, and they each are the star of their own book and story. Unlike many kids adventures where the parents are out of the pictures, in these two books, the mother characters are important to both of the characters and their motivations (even if they are off-screen most of the adventure!)

May 29, 2016

Calamity Jack is the follow-up to Rapunzel’s Revenge. The first 40-odd pages give us the previously untold story of Jack’s criminal past. The rest of the book is what happens when Jack brings Punzie home… kind of. Home (his family’s bakery) seems to have been destroyed in his absence. Also, a bad guy whom Jack crossed on his way out of town is now running everything. Oops. What follows is an Old West Steampunk monster-fighting adventure complete with giant ants and a love triangle. Rapunzel is her usual badass self, Jack is a dork with a heart of gold, and it was completely satisfying.

And there’s something I hadn’t realized when reading Rapunzel’s Revenge. This is a fantasy story, so I don’t want to say Jack is Native American or First Nations, but artist Hale depicts him and his family with clothing and hairstyles inspired by one or more Native American or First Nations cultures. The words “chief” and “clan” are used. I’m too ignorant to analyze what’s going on here for any accuracy. Hale is a history buff, but that doesn’t mean he got it right, and there’s certainly no content here addressing the culture or history of indigenous people in the Americas. But it’s interesting to observe and think about this family’s place in this magical alt-history.

Sep 07, 2015

It's a good book, but I think Rupunzel's Revenge is much more better and should be more recommended.

red_eagle_468 May 03, 2014


i read rapunzel's revenge a million times i always have it finished in a day its just so good! so i know this one will be awesome to! my eyes r practically glued to it!!!! even though i haven't read it i rated it 5 star mainly cuz i know it will be awesome!
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Apr 20, 2013

this is an amazing book and i hope that many people will enjoy it as much as i did. p.s look for rapunzels revenge first it might help understand this book much,much,much more:)

Jul 27, 2012

Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale is a wonderful book about adventure. Once the 2 love birds go one there adventure they meet new people on the way. once you read this book you'll think that all the characters brings life into the book (especially Repunzle and Jack).I hope you have fun readding the book!

it was a very good book

Rapunzel's Revenge was better, but this was still a good book!

Sep 07, 2010

is the second in the series the first is Rapunzel's Revenge


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Oct 08, 2013

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