A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

bean stalk and boy named jack cover image A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack

by William Joyce
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 56 pages

When a king's pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a GIANT plan to save the kingdom; a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce. This beautifully illustrated story was such a pleasant surprise to us! If the quirky conversations in this book don't make you smile, there may be something seriously wrong.

You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you just may want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn't rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done; his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a GIANT reason as to why there's no water left in the kingdom...and prove that size doesn't prevent anyone from doing something BIG.