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Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt
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Feb 08, 2008

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bookshelves: juv, short-stories

"So you think there's a troll under our bridge," said old Miss Withers. "Will wonders never cease." "I hope they never cease, said her uncle. "I like a good wonder now and then."

Basically a linked series of stories, some funny, some mysterious, some adventuresome, told by a pirate who’s been kicked off the ship because he didn’t care for plundering. ("Just say no to pillaging," anyone?) Seems like it would make a good read-aloud, and each story is enjoyable, but as always I crave more plot. I know where it’s going - in each chapter, someone suggests a different profession for Jack, and he tells a story about why he wouldn’t be suited for that job. So obviously he’s going to end up being the town storyteller. Which doesn’t take away from the charm of the book, but gave me less impetus to keep picking it up.
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