Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399161544, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola's take on traditional "Jack tales"--in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck--is perfect for preschoolers. His hero's reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number--and volume--as the story progresses. When Jack sets out to see the world and find a place of his own, he's surprised to attract a following of enthusiastic animal friends eager to join him on his quest. Jack and his entourage all have high hopes that they will find just what they are looking for as they travel on their merry way. Children will delight in the cumulative chorus of animal sounds as the pages get more and more crowded with the residents of this delightful kingdom.
About the Author
Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.