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Calamity Jack (Rapunzel's Revenge #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,294 ratings  ·  464 reviews
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’s
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 4th 2010)
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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
May 29, 2010 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
Favorite graphic novel series...I want more! :)
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
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
“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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Marjorie Ingall
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
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.

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
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

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
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
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!
A few weeks ago, a friend has asked for graphic novel recommendations for her daughter, "preferably with a strong female lead who kicks ass & doesn't look like a street-walker Barbie." I immediately thought of Shannon Hale's comic series she was writing with her husband. I hadn't read them so I figured I should pick them up so I can walk the walk, so to speak.

My local library only had the second one, but I dove right in. This was super fun. I honestly didn't realize it was the second one unt
Not as stellar as Rapunzel's story, but I did enjoy the addition of faeries!
Drew Graham
(3.5 rounded down)

He made a big impression on Rapunzel, and vice versa, during her story, but the spotlight turns to the hero now as Jack (of And The Beanstalk fame) faces his past and the mess he made back home with the giants as he tries to make right his wrongs and make his momma proud. With Rapunzel and her whippy braids at his side, he heads back to Shyport to find it in control of Blunderboar the boorish and businesslike giant, and at the mercy of an army of horrifing Ant People. Picking u
'Calamity Jack' by the three Hales (Shannon, Dean and Nathan) is the sequel to 'Rapunzel's Revenge', my current favourite comic of all time. While I don't think it's as good as the aforementioned great, original, twisty-take on the 'Rapunzel' fairy tale, 'Calamity Jack' is a fun and colourful read in its own terms.

'Rapunzel's Revenge' was entirely Rapunzel's story - about her and her high-swinging, hair-lassoing, beast-riding, fighting-for-defense adventure: set in the Old West where she abolis
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Question 1-

What was the book's central conflict?

Surprising enough, this is a rather difficult question for me to answer. It could be said that the central conflict was Jack and Rapunzel's fight against Blunderboar the giant. However, I feel as thought Jack is struggling inside throughout the book to learn if he really can be one of the good guys. Whether the central conflict is within or outside, I think I can safely say the two are c
Calamity Jack is an excellent YA graphic novel adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. Why is it excellent, you ask? Well,

• It is a very nicely drawn graphic novel
• It has really fun characters who actually have a solid and established relationship
• It takes place in a steam punk-inspired setting loosely based on 1800s Eastern United States.
• It has a diverse cast, including a Native American protagonist
• It has a badass female lead, and her prowess at all things action-related is never used to
Becky B
Calamity Jack gives a little of the back story for Rapunzel's friend Jack whom she picked up in Rapunzel's Revenge as a partner in setting things to right. The pair are headed back to Jack's home town, so that Jack can help make things right for his poor mother. But they arrive to find the city in a state of disrepair and in the middle of a war with the antmen. Even worse, Jack's mother has been captured by an evil giant and kept as his slave until he can get his hands on the miscreant who stole ...more
I really enjoyed Rapunzel's Revenge. While Calamity Jack isn't as great, it's still a lot of fun. This is Jack's story and it's not a western, so there's a lot less of Rapunzel's spunky attitude and hair lassoing. The steampunk aspect is neat, but the western vibe fit so well to the first book. That perfect-fit feeling is missing in this book. More lassoing may not fix that problem, but it would make me feel better.

There is a cast of quirky characters, as always. But in this book, Jack's charac
Becky R.
Following up Rapunzel's Revenge, we get the back story on Rapunzel's friend, side-kick, and love interest Jack. Patterned after Jack in the Beanstalk, but only slightly, Jack tried to save his family by playing a type of Robin Hood character in planting a beanstalk to reach the top of the skyscraper owned by the evil rich guy who pretty much owned the city. In the process, Jack causes a lot of trouble and does more damage than good. That's when he supposedly left and had his adventure with Rapun ...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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