Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
The plot builds beautifully with strong scenes both on Jack’s land and in the giants’ kingdom. I wasn’t hooked on the story the entire time, but there is a nice balance of action and transition. The cast of secondary characters in the village adds spice to the story, and the sub-plot with Tom is sweet and fun. There are also hints of other fairy tales among this one as the plot unfolds, and it is interesting seeing how some connect.
While readers can easily enjoy the story at a surface level, I love some of the interesting mentions of undercurrent issues from the effects of greed to family relationships, even potentially an environmental insight. This makes the novel a good choice for either a light-hearted or a deeper read, depending on how much thought you give.
Fans of fairy tale retellings won’t be disappointed with Liesl Shurtliff’s Jack. The compelling voice and memorable characters make this a read I would highly recommend to fans of The Sisters Grimm and Chris Colfer.