Sam Swope Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants

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Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants

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9780374336707: Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants

A reinvention of a favorite folktale hero

Ever since he was abandoned on a miller's doorstep as a noisy infant, Jack's been saddled with the reputation of village bad boy. When real trouble arrives -- in the form of seven deadly giants roaming the countryside - Jack is blamed. "Bad attracts bad," the village preacher warns his frightened flock. Jack believes it, too. Worried that the village won't be safe unless he leaves, Jack sets off, never intending to battle the giants, but one by one, that's what happens. And in his surprising encounters with these seven truly bad seeds, Jack proves himself braver, smarter, and better than he ever suspected.

The author has found exactly the right youngster to defeat these overgrown manifestations of the seven traditional human failings (including Sloth, the would-be poet; the ever-incensed Mrs. Roth; and Avaritch, the greedy troglodyte), all of whom come roaring to life in striking pictures by Belgian Carll Cneut.

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About the Author:

Sam Swope is the author of three acclaimed picture books, The Araboolies of Liberty Street, The Krazees, and Gotta Go! Gotta Go!. He lives in New York City.

Carll Cneut has illustrated many picture books in Europe. He lives in Belgium.

Review:

"An inventive mélange...Swope's concise, graceful language is well matched by Cneut's wild illustrations...satisfying and sweet." -- Booklist

"Tried-and-true ingredients combine in unexpected ways to give this episodic yarn the spontaneous feel of a bedtime story, spun over a week of nights...Wittily rendered in Cneut's occasional fullpage black-and-white paintings, the giants get what they deserve, and Jack does, too." -- The Horn Book

"Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's work...The plot details and use of lauguage are often clever and the story comes full circle to a satisfying conclusion." -- School Library Journal

"Cneut's illustrations juxtapose false perspectives with representational figures to reinforce the fabulist qualities of this jaunty tale...sure to please those with a penchant for the extended folk narrative." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"What if the seven deadly sins were actually seven marauding giants roaming an imaginary countryside? That's the premise of 'Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants,' a freewheeling, irreverent story that can best be described as a slapstick fairy tale. Borrowing stock characters from traditional stories - a giant killer named Jack, a funny little man with magic beans, seven obsessed giants - Sam Swope, the author of the popular picture books 'Araboolies of Liberty Street,' 'The Krazees' and 'Gotta Go! Gotta Go!,' playfully reconfigures them to investigate the nature of fairy-tale vice...Carll Cneut's black-and-white illustrations humorously capture the grotesque repulsiveness and self-centeredness of each ogre. Swope plots his story cleverly so that before Jack can vanquish each giant, he must first tame or overcome a milder version of the same failing within himself. He gorges on pears before meeting up with the Terrible Glutton, falls into a rage at his innocent cow and briefly succumbs to greed and pride. The subtext of the story, which will sail past most children, seems to be what an absolutely gigantic space our emotions and weaknesses occupy in our psyches." -- The New York Times Book Review

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