Calamity Jack

(1 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

This rip-roaring graphic novel is relentlessly energetic from beginning to end.

The book relocates the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to a Wild West populated by Native Americans, giants, ogres and a devilish creature called the Jabberwock, and turns it into a breathless crime caper full of action and suspense in the process.

Jack sees himself as a bit of a schemer and criminal mastermind, when in reality he's nothing more than a scammer and trickster with varying degrees of success.

One day, Blunderboar, a local rich gangster, wrongs Jack and his mother and he sets out on a caper, one last job, so she never has to work again and to show Blunderboar up.

With help with a cast of eccentric friends including Rapunzel and her deadly long plait and a fairy called Prudence, Jack sets out to out-swindle and outwit the giants and give his city back to its people, sort his mother's problems out and show her once and for all he's a good son.

This graphic novel is full of fun action set pieces, comedic turns and well-drawn out characters and is a much-needed updating of the classic fairy tale.

More books like this

Peter Pan in Scarlet

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: David Wyatt

Geraldine McCaughrean's much anticipated sequel to Peter Pan finds Wendy and the lost boys now grown-up and leading respectable lives in London.

Read more about Peter Pan in Scarlet

The Neverending Story

Author: Michael Ende

When Bastian hides in an antique bookshop to escape bullies, he stumbles across a mysterious leatherbound book which carries him into adventures beyond his wildest dreams. 

Read more about The Neverending Story

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...