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Calamity Jack (Rapunzel's Revenge #2)

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Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind...with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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“Calamity Jack” is a brilliant sequel to Shannon and Dean Hale’s ever popular classic “Rapunzel’s Revenge” and this graphic novel is a great retelling of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” “Calamity Jack” is one of the most brilliant sequels that both adults and children will love for ages.

Ever since Jack was a little child, he would always scheme to take other people’s possessions to the distress of his hardworking mother. One day, however, a giant named Blunderboar came in to Jac
Jan 23, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: Ginny
I usually don't like to use the word delightful because it reminds me of delicious so than I think of food and graphic novels are not food. But somehow I just think this is delightful.

As a sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge it’s pretty darn good. Now we get the point of view of Jack -obviously- and he is a funny character. It starts off pretty much right were Rapuzel's story leaves off. It gives a quick background at what Jack was up to even before he met Rapuzel. You know where he gets the magic bea
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

Jack has long been a trickster - he's just not had the best of luck. When a heist involving magic beans, a beanstalk, and giants goes wrong, Jack leaves town. After his adventures with Rapunzel (in RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE), Jack returns home to Shyport only to discover that the giant, Blunderboar, is in charge, the city is in ruins thanks to an infestation of ant people, and his mother is being held captive and is in charge of bakin
Jun 11, 2010 Cara rated it liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Ginny
I was looking forward to read the sequel of Rapunzel's Revenge, and it was fun to read but not necessarily as cool as the first.

The story has switched gears and our main character is Jack and as the reader we get to see what his past is all about and how did he ever get that goose? Well we get find out here, and see Jack back in his hometurf.

It was funny and the illustrations and the placements are really just great and I could only imagine how much work is put into them. I missed that Rapunzel
Sarah Sammis
Feb 20, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc, read-in-2010
I had the pleasure of reading Rapunzel's Revenge for the 2008 Cybils. Shortly after the Cybils ended, Nathan Hale, the illustrator, posted sketches of the sequel, Calamity Jack. Thus began my year long obsession of waiting for the sequel.

On page 50 of Rapunzel's Revenge Jack gives a quick explanation of why he's hiding out in the badlands of Gothel's Reach. It's a throw away line, two sentences long. Calamity Jack fills in the blanks of that story as Jack and Rapunzel travel to the city to set t
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
A really cute, surprisingly insightful sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge. I love the series: the plot's complicated, the art's amazing, and I just love the concept and worldbuilding.
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
Favorite graphic novel series...I want more! :)
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The review:

+ In Calamity Jack, it is our prankster and thief Jack who takes center stage with Rapunzel as his backup. It’s a creative take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, and focuses a lot on Jack’s inner conflict about being a “good” guy when he thinks he’s “bad”, and his insecurities and moral questionings. Jack seems more of an intimate character than Rapunzel does, back in Rapunzel’s Revenge. Rapunzel’s still
Jul 31, 2015 Swankivy rated it really liked it
It's pretty much exactly what you hope for if you liked the first one: more great interaction between Jack and Rapunzel, some nifty backstory for Jack that really lets you feel his connection to his family and his shame at the things he's done, and some great steampunk action and fighting sequences that are easy to follow and visually entertaining to read. The dialogue and asides seemed a little clearer and less cluttered in this volume as compared to the first one, and I kinda liked the introdu ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Theo rated it it was ok
I’m so sorry. I was looking forward to reading this book after reading “Rapunzel's Revenge”. I had told everyone how great Shannon Hale’s book was and how I was looking forward to the second book. “Rapunzel's Revenge” was about a girl over coming bad. This book is about someone that is bad and we are supposed to like him. It didn’t work for me. No matter how you color coat it Jack is a two-bit thief and a liar that never realized he was wrong and never changed. I wouldn’t want to be Rapunzel in ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Wonbo rated it liked it
Calamity Jack: by Shannon & Dean Hale, Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Genre: Fiction, Romance, Action. 144 pages

For people who haven't read the book, This Review contains spoilers!

This book is a sequel to the book Rapunzel's Revenge. This book talks about the story of Jack -the one from Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack, in the story is accused a murderer because he had cut down the beanstalk and made a giant fall and die. The leader of the giants, Blunderboar, who would eat bread made from ground
Nancy O'Toole
Apr 07, 2011 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it
“I like to think of myself as a criminal mastermind... with an unfortunate amount of bad luck.” Thus begins Calamity Jack, the sequel toRapunzel's Revenge. Jack isn't exactly a bad guy, but he has always loved to craft schemes, leading him to spending his childhood as a petty thief. When Jack's mother falls into hard times, Jack knows that he needs to pull off the biggest scheme of his life. But when things go terribly wrong, he's forced to flee. Years later, he returns with intentions of redeem ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Deal Hale is the sequel to their first graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge. I picked up Rapunzel's Revenge a while ago, because I had just finished reading some of Shannon's other books, and I loved them. When I went to the library to grab the copy on reserve, I was shocked to see that it was a graphic novel. I hadn't read any previously and wasn't interested in starting. But, I was in a hurry and m
Aug 29, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
We recently read Rapunzel's Revenge and were excited to see that there was a sequel to the story. This second book in the series offers an unusual take on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with some interesting twists, danger and some romance thrown in for good measure.

It was a quick, entertaining read and I enjoyed how the authors incorporated different fairy tales into the one story. I love how spunky and adventurous Rapunzel is and I really enjoyed the graphic novel format. I also l
Elle Fae
Jan 29, 2016 Elle Fae rated it it was amazing
Shannon Hale has always been one of all time favourite authors, and unsurprisingly this book was so much fun to read!
The sequel to the first comic, Rapunzel's revenge, this story is about Jack and how the trouble he got up to in the past came to bite him in the ass in the present.
Of course, him and punzie thwart the giants in the end.

The colours were so vibrant! The drawings and facial expressions! I loved it, every moment of it. 5 stars.
Jan 01, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
I read this out of curiosity. I love Shannon Hale's books. Rapunzel's Revenge was pretty good so I thought I would continue. I now remember why Graphic novels are not my thing. As far as graphics novels go, a good book. I think most graphic novels are geared to boys so this book reaches out of the norm and is geared toward girls. It did not hold my attention and 1/2 way through I was seriously considering not finishing. But I did, because I had the time, which is not always the case.
Shannon Alexander
Feb 05, 2016 Shannon Alexander rated it it was amazing
I am really getting into reading graphic novels and I have Shannon, dean, and Nathan Hale and this wonderful series to thank for that! The illustrations are amazing (I think I have a little crush on Jack). The story is imaginative and the dialogue is quick and witty. I love everything about these books!
Marjorie Ingall
Oct 25, 2010 Marjorie Ingall rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-9-12
I was bummed that I liked this so much less than Rapunzel's Revenge, its prequel. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the steampunk-y visuals, but found the narrative a little jumbled and hard to get into and the characters far less enticing than in the first book. (For what it's worth, the actual demo -- Josie, age 8 when she read it -- sez the same.) But if your kid hasn't read Rapunzel's Revenge, HIE THYSELF to the bookstore or library. Funny, feminist and I bet appealing to boys as well as girls. I'm annoye ...more
May 11, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read! I thoroughly enjoyed how the authors carefully wove a plot with well-known characters and twisted them to create a unique story. I also loved how they poked fun at old fairy tales. The illustrations were fun and suited the book perfectly. I really liked the interaction between the characters and watching Jack grow up was another bonus. I liked having Jack take the center stage for this story after it revolving around Rapunzel for the last book. I would recommend.

Jul 26, 2016 Gypsi rated it liked it
Calamity Jack picks up the adventures of Rapunzel and Jack where Rapunzel's Revengeleft off, but this time the story is told from Jack's point of view.

Jack had bungled his last job in his hometown, Shyport, with disastrous results for his mother. He returns with Rapunzel with the intention of setting things right, but finds Shyport under the control of an evil giant and much more at stake than he realized.

Calamity Jack takes place in a town and has none of the Wild West charm of Rapunzel's Reve
I was a bit disappointed in this book. Mostly the disappointment was suffering in comparison to the earlier volume Rapunzel's Revenge. This didn't feel nearly as tight a story or as meaningful. The reinterpretation of the giant's castle in the clouds to a floating airship penthouse was clever, but the addition of pixies and brownies to the world (especially the pixie/brownie interaction *ugh*) did little to define the world. There were references to Old World and New World but it just didn't hol ...more
May 06, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing
Calamity Jack review by Elena cosio

Calamity Jack is a book written by Shannon and Dean Hale illustrated by Nathan. This book is about a guy named jack who when he was a kid he used to be a bad kid who did weird plans to get stuff he wanted from people o he will help the people who needed help but he will always have bad luck at the end of every plan. The story all started when a giant came to jack’s house to get bread from jack’s mom but when the giant came outside of the door he broke then top
Feb 18, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it
Rapunzel and Jack are returning to Jack's home to right some past wrongs. At first it looks like they're only going to be righting Jack's wrongs, as he had a... colorful past. But when they arrive in Shyport to find an all out battle between Giants and Giant Ants taking over the town, not to mention Jack's old nemesis, the Giant Blunderboar, in the middle of everything, their mission gets a bit bigger.

This one's hard for me to peg; I did enjoy it and I thought the story was better than Rapunzel

May 06, 2015 Dora rated it it was amazing
Calamity Jack Review

This book is by Shannon and Dean Hale. It can a interesting because it show how a person can change from being bad to good. In this book the main character named Jack who live with his mom and started getting in trouble since he was a little boy and one day he decide to prove to his mom that he can be a better person by going to a giant house to stop him from coming to his house anymore, which he did !


Jack killed one of the giant servant and also he betray the
Feb 03, 2010 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Fun and quick, much like its companion, Rapunzel's Revenge. Gorgeous artwork, witty and likable characters, and a fun play on the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Perhaps most importantly, Rapunzel continues to beat people up with her braids, and that pretty much guarantees I'll read as many of these books as the collective Hales write.
Nov 14, 2012 Garett rated it really liked it
Recommended to Garett by: My children
A very fun adaptation of Jack and the Bean Stalk and Rapunzel set in an Orwellian dystopia. A teenage Jack learns the hard way that he is a good guy when he falls in love with Rapunzel. Complete with staged wars, and information thought control strait from Orwell's 1984, this graphic novel has many lessons to teach young adults.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 24, 2015 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
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Falan Miller
The graphic novel "Calamity Jack" is a story about jack and the bean stalk with a little twist. Jack refers to himself as a "Criminal Mastermind". He is trying to help his mother with their business by stealing, tricking, and plotting. One day he mistakenly tried to trick the wrong guy and a magic bean is dropped and it turns into a building destroying beanstalk. Angry giants want to kill Jack so he leaves his home town. Later he returns with Rapunzel and her "trusty braid" and fights to take do ...more
I know. I know. Everybody loves Rapunzel's Revenge. I, however, found it . . . mediocre. Cool idea. Fun characters. Nice retelling. But no energy.
This, however, has plenty of energy. And I like Jack better than Rapunzel.
So . . . it's better!
Mrs W
Jan 23, 2016 Mrs W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Throughout RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE, Jack mentioned how he’d let down his mother and been banished from his city, but he had plans for redemption. This book is his chance to do so. Readers are taken out of the Wild West and into a steampunk city threatened by the ant people. Giants live alongside other mythical creatures such as jabberwocks and bandersnatches. One especially powerful giant lives in a floating penthouse above the tallest skyscraper, and he has imprisoned Jack’s mother. She is forced to ...more
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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