Friday, September 29, 2017

BLOG TOUR: It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk


Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.


Like Jack, Josh Funk loves telling his own stories. He is the author of the popular picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench, illustrated by Brendan Kearney; Dear Dragon, illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo; and the upcoming How to Code a Sandcastle illustrated by Sara Palacios in partnership with Girls Who Code. Josh lives in New England with his wife and children. Learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter @joshfunkbooks.

Edwardian Taylor currently works as a visual development artist and character designer for TV and animation feature film. His work can also be seen in mobile games, films, and commercials. He is the illustrator of the picture book Race!, written by Sue Fliess. Edwardian lives in Texas with his partner, their three dogs, and seven chickens. Learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @edwardiantaylor.

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Poor narrator.  He tries so hard to tell the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk story, but Jack just won't cooperate, and he complains the whole way, first about selling his cow, then about climbing the beanstalk, and finally refusing to rob the giant.  And then to top it all off, he gives away the ending of the story.  In frustration, the narrator tries to end the story, but naturally Jack doesn't let him have his way.  Funk and Taylor have created a thoroughly amusing fractured telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.  And they've thrown in Cinderella to boot.  This is another fun retelling for me to add to my growing collection.  It's fun to compare original fairy tales with fractured ones.  And when the illustrations complement the humor as well as these do, well that is icing on the cake.


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  1. This sounds so cute. I got the pitch for the blog tour but I couldn't fit it in my schedule. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. What I enjoy the most is the twists and surprises.

  3. I am such a fan of Josh Funks books. I love that fractured fairytales give readers a different perspective on a classic story.

  4. "What do you enjoy most about fractured fairy tales?" Sheer wackiness--and silliness!


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