The Fort That Jack Built

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The Fort That Jack Built

By Boni Ashburn; Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781419707957, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

In this imaginative interpretation of the nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, young Jack builds an amazing fort in the middle of the living room, using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, those objects belong to his family members, so when they want their things backthere goes the walls and roof Jack struggles to keep his fortress going as it crumbles piece by piece. Finally, Grandma saves the day with her quilts for a sweet, satisfying ending filled with family fun. Boni Ashburn's text is brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Brett Helquist, whose lively style takes this tale beyond the living room and into the world of adventure.

Praise for "The Fort That Jack Built"
"Helquist's colorful illustrations truly capture the active imaginative play of youngsters in this humorous variation of the nursery rhyme."
"Rich but retro color palette."
--"Kirkus Reviews.

About the Author
Boni Ashburn has lived in Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, and Colorado, but now lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She is the author of "Hush", " Little Dragon", "Over At The Castle", "I Had A Favorite Dress", and several other books for children. Visit her at

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.