Joanne Compton Jack the Giant Chaser

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Jack the Giant Chaser

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A full-color retelling of an Appalachian version of an old folktale chronicles the adventures of Jack, who kills seven catfish and brags about killing "seven with one blow," which leads to a confrontation with an unruly mountain giant.

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Lifting the last episode of ``Jack and the Giants' Newground'' from Chase's Jack Tales (1943), the Comptons lead into Jack's exploits with a motif from the Grimms' ``Brave Little Tailor.'' Jack has hit seven catfish with a rock, but boasts that he's ``killed me seven with one blow!'' When his impressed neighbors send him off to deal with a troublesome (but gullible) giant, clever Jack's a match for him: challenged to haul the giant's bucket of water, he threatens to move the whole creek; in a knife-throwing contest, he claims he'll hurl the giant's knife over the mountain to his uncle, or not at all. When Jack reports that his larger kinfolk are coming, the frightened giant hides in a barrel that rolls down the mountain and breaks, and the giant runs away ``past the state line.'' As a non-gory, easily read update, this does pretty well; the tricks are much as they were in the source story, though the language is less colorful. The broadly comic, cartoon-style illustrations are lively and appropriate. Fun to share; older children may enjoy comparing this with Chase's longer tale and discussing the reasons for the changes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 1-3-- An adaptation of Richard Chase's "Jack and the Giants' Newground" from The Jack Tales (Houghton, 1943). In Chase's version, there are five giants who must be outwitted by a smaller human. In this story, like the Grimms' "The Brave Little Tailor," there is only one. The motif of "seven with one blow" found in the Grimm tale is included here; rather than seven flies, these authors include seven catfish who are killed with one stone. The tale is kept lighthearted through the use of other regional details (the giant's meal consists of cornbread, greens, and ham) and with pastel-colored cartoon pictures that have exaggerated facial characteristics and skinny bodies similar to those created by Quentin Blake. Because of its humorous qualities and its length, this version can be shared successfully in story hours and will appeal to younger listeners than those who might enjoy Chase's tale or Eve Tharlet's longer retelling of The Brave Little Tailor (Picture Book Studio, 1989). --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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