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Come Back, Jack!

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A girl who finds books to be quite boring changes her opinion after following her brother into a book where he becomes the star of several nursery rhymes and tales that feature a character named Jack.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 1994 by Candlewick
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Dorothy Enders
Sep 03, 2013 Dorothy Enders rated it really liked it
As a teacher, I completely related to the big idea in this story. Some children find reading boring. It takes a lot of encouragement for a child who doesn't like to read to completely change their thought process and ideas about the concept of reading for fun. The young girl in this story learns a valuable lesson from her little brother.

The sister is searching for adventure while her young brother is reading a book in the yard. It just so happens that she find herself in the middle of all sorts
Sarah Plitt
Aug 31, 2014 Sarah Plitt rated it liked it
Come Back, Jack!
By: Catherine and Laurence Anholt

When I first picked up the book the illustrations were off setting. The front cover of this book has a series of pictures of the classic nursery rhymes and rosy cheeked children. I thought this book would be predictable and quite frankly boring. The beginning of the book starts off pretty slowly. The beginning presents a little girl who hates to read and her little brother Jack who loves books even though he can’t read. When the girl was suppose
Alyssa Frank
Sep 01, 2014 Alyssa Frank rated it really liked it
Come Back Jack is a story about a little girl who did not like to read. However, her family loved to read, even her little brother named Jack who didn’t even know how. When the little girl was supposed to be watching her brother he crawled right inside the book and the young girl followed. The story leads into many different mother goose tales as the girl searches for her brother inside the storybook. She meets a girl named Jill who fell down a hill, a cow who exclaimed he saw Jack jump over a c ...more
Alexis Adelman
Sep 01, 2014 Alexis Adelman rated it really liked it
There was a little girl who didn’t like to read, but everyone else in her family liked to read. It wasn’t until one day that the little girl realized reading wasn’t so bad.

The little girl was told to keep an eye on her little brother Jack while he read his book. All of a sudden Jack disappeared into the book he was reading, so the little girl went in after him. They went through a series of events while in the book, and at the very end they ran out together while the big bad giant was chasing t
Taylor Ray
Sep 06, 2014 Taylor Ray rated it really liked it
Summary: This story was about a little girl who was not as into reading as her mom, dad, or brother were. She didn’t understand what the point of reading was and thought it was boring. She liked to find adventure outside in their backyard, and one day she was told by her mom to keep an eye on Jack, her little brother. She experienced something crazy this time while watching him, though. When she looked over, he was crawling into his book and she went after him. Throughout the book, it talks abou ...more
Jordan Santoro
Jan 16, 2012 Jordan Santoro rated it really liked it
"Come Back, Jack!", is a simple and creatively written book by Catherine and Laurence Anholt. This short, children's book is sort of a play on "Jack and the Beanstalk". The authors take the reader (and the characters, Jack and his sister) on an exciting adventure. Through taking part in a story after going INSIDE a book, the little girl realizes that books can indeed be exciting, fun, and engaging. Through colorful illustrations and an easy-to-follow storyline, readers, like myself, realize that ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it
This book is a play on Jack and the Beanstalk.. It is really good because it encourages children to read even when they think it might be boring. When Jack goes into the book, it captures the child's imagination so they will want to read and possibly have the same experience happen to them. It is also suspenseful for children I think because they are anxious to see if Jack will come back and if the children will get away from the scary, mean Giant.
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: reluctant readers and fairy tale lovers

Jack likes reading but his sister finds it boring - until he climbs into a book and becomes the Jack of all the fairy tales. She gives chase as she tumbles through the pages and his fairy tale adventures, and they make it back out through the book just ahead of the giant. The sister decides that books might not be so boring after all. Warm, accessible art lifts the story, already fun, into a bright, happy read.
This book was adorable! Read this to both babies this morning and they loved the pictures. My Jack giggled when he heard this name and his big sister got to pretend she was the sister in the story. Perfect book for the mommy of any baby boy named Jack, especially since the characters fit both of my kiddos. <3 :)
Jun 03, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Wonderful creative book with 5 references to "Jack" from literature!
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Catherine Anholt and her husband Laurence Anholt are a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books – including the Chimp and Zee series – have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Catherine grew up in the Cotswolds as one of a family of eight. After ...more
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