""[The] artwork will appeal to a broad range of lower-level readers. True to its comic-strip roots...this title is a surefire hit." "- School Library Journal
Jack just got a new toy, and it's full of surprises. Each time the box pops open, there's a new and bigger surprise. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy...or something else entirely?
With a limited vocabulary and unlimited imagination, Art Spiegelman applies his out-of-the-box thinking to a book that has all the surprise and bounce of a jack-in-the-box.
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Art Spiegelman is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus, A Survivor's Tale" as well as "In the Shadow of No Towers," which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004. His work for children includes the best-selling "Open Me...I'm a Dog!" and the Little Lit series of comics anthologies, for which he was both co-editor and contributor. He lives in New York City.From Booklist:
Comic visionary and living legend Spiegelman has ignored the effects of Early Success Syndrome and plowed right ahead, finding different methods of bringing sequential art to new audiences in interesting ways. Attempting to match the extraordinary achievement of Maus (1986) would be difficult, to say the least, so he and wife Francoise Mouly have developed the Toon imprint for very young readers. Balancing the aesthetic of comics with the familiarity of picture books, and even harkening back to Dr. Seuss, Spiegelman has produced a polished and fun story following a young bunny’s struggle with his new jack-in-the-box, which proves to be hyperactive and rather argumentative. With plenty of word repetition and age-appropriate humor to keep pre- and early readers engaged and curious, Spiegelman has taken sequential-art basics and fitted them to his new audience. Like all the Toon books released so far (Benny and Penny in Just Pretend, Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, and Otto’s Orange Day, all 2008), Jack and the Box is beautifully conceived and executed. Grades K-1. --Jesse Karp
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