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Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  331 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
"Fee-fi-fo-fummy, I'm always counting money!"

Jack and his mom run a little café, but business has dried up and they're nearly broke. So when Jack comes home with only an old can of baked beans in return for their last few pennies, his mother throws it out the window. Overnight it grows into a gigantic baked beanstalk, which takes Jack to the castle of a giant who spends
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Templar (first published February 1st 2012)
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Apr 12, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it
As a collector of illustrated children's books, I normally stay away from those with digitally created art, as they make a better fit as downloads. But some storyteller-artists have enough quality to make their printed books worthwhile and this is one such worthie.

I'm always counting money.
Be it silver or be it gold,
It'll make me happy -
Or so I'm told.

Colin Stimpson takes the old Jack and the Beanstalk story and gives it a modern twist with a retro background. The giant is not wh
Sep 19, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Grades 1-5:
The illustrations carry the day here. In this depression-era retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and his mother run a diner that is put out of business when the road they are on shuts down. Jack's mother sends him out to buy coffee beans and milk with their last few pennies, but instead he trades the pennies for a can of magic baked beans. When his mother throws them out the window in anger, he awakens the next morning to a vine dripping with cans of baked beans. He's read the
Jen Traub
Oct 09, 2014 Jen Traub rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really like the new twists on fairy tales, and this one was sweet.
Tom Garrett
This picturebook contains some really wonderful illustrations and brings a new, modern twist to the classic fairytale. Jack and his Mother's café face closure after a the building of a new flyover, but after obtaining some magic baked beans and meeting a giant obsessed with money their fortunes change.

I used this book while I was on serial days as the class was learning about the Jack and the Beanstalk and plant life-cycles. The children enjoyed the different take on the tale, and there is a lot
Heather Gunnell
May 17, 2017 Heather Gunnell rated it it was amazing
Staff Pick

Jack's mother sends him out with their last pennies to buy some coffee beans, but he comes home with a can of magic baked beans instead. Well, you know how it goes, she throws the beans out the window and the next day there's a beanstalk. That's where the similarities to the classic tale start to change. Check out this slightly more modern take on Jack and the Beanstalk today.
Nicole Yousef
Jul 11, 2017 Nicole Yousef rated it really liked it
Really good illustrations, and the modern twist on the book.
Mar 19, 2017 Sunriseoversea rated it liked it
A nice new take on a traditional tale. My class loved it. I like the depression era setting in particular.
Aimee Walters-Mabbott
A fun and clever twist on the well known fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. The fabulous digital images inside this book provide a great foundation for really exploring this text at a deeper level, with the brighter colours representing the happiness compared to the dull browns and orange reflecting the solemn and less exciting colours of the local town. I love the end pages of the book, which immediately demonstrate the twist of the baked beanstalk over the traditional beanstalk that we all know ...more
Heather Gunnell
Staff Pick

Jack's mother sends him out with their last pennies to buy some coffee beans, but he comes home with a can of magic baked beans instead. Well, you know how it goes, she throws the beans out the window and the next day there's a beanstalk. That's where the similarities to the classic tale start to change. Check out this slightly more modern take on Jack and the Beanstalk today.
A humorous retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk." In this version Jack and his mother are running a fast-food cart in quiet corner of a city. Long ago the truck broke down and Jack and his mom have run it from the same place.

In the winter the city council decides it wants to build an overpass right over where the food truck is. For a while business is good because Jack and his mom serve the construction workers while they are working on the overpass. But once the overpass is finished all of thei
Mar 22, 2015 Paola rated it really liked it
This is a fractured story from the original version of the classical story of "Jack and the Beanstalk". The story is set in a big city where Jack lives with his mom and they run a fast food truck. They are afraid of what’s coming because the city is building a bridge that will block their establishment, and they won’t be able to sell food. Jack was going to the store when he found a man that sold him a can of backed beans, claiming they were magical. When he went back home his mother was upset h ...more
Mar 16, 2013 shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baked-beanstalk
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimson is about his booa boy name Jack who lives with his mother out in the country, with nothing of value in their possession but a cow. When the last of their meager money runs out, Jack’s mom sends him into town to sell the cow. It’s a sad affair all around, but by some random twist of fate, Jack runs into a stranger who is willing to trade some magic beans for the cow…and so the story goes on, ending happily ever after.

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk is a
Jun 29, 2013 Amadeus rated it it was ok
What I like best about this book is that, according to the book plate, it was donated to my library by a University professor. That was thoughtful. The second best part is the illustrations. Frankly, I would have enjoyed this book with just the illustrations and the reader has to create a story.


Because the story is kind of lousy. Can you have a deus ex machina is a children's book? Is that too sophisticated of a device for this level? (And Did Colin Stimpson get a book deal for excellent wr
Jan 15, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2015
Basic plot: The classic Jack and the Beanstalk, set in the late 1940's.

I'm guessing about the time period, really. It could be the early 50's, but it has a very Depression-era feel, so it's a bit hard to tell. Honestly it doesn't matter, though, because the whole book was just FUN.

The art is eye-catching and just gorgeous. Every page is chock-full of beautifully detailed illustrations splashing across the pages. The text is set off in clean and lovely panels that help to evoke that early/mid 20t
Becky B
Jack buys a can of magic baked beans instead of the coffee his mom sent him out to get for their struggling diner. He knows how the tale is supposed to go, so he scrambles up the beanstalk to claim the treasure. He forgot one little detail though, there's also a giant up there. This giant is uncommonly friendly though. He is thrilled to have a visitor to make lunch for and get a break from counting his money. He willingly lets Jack take the magic hen and the radio with him back down the beanstal ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
A retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. Jack and his mother own a burger cafe that suffers for business once the new super highway is built right over top of their little eatery. When they are down to their last few pennies Jack's mother send him to the store for some coffee beans, but along the way he meets a stranger who sells him some magic baked beans. The magic baked beans produce a beanstalk and at the top of the beanstalk is a nice giant who loves to cook!

This version of the fol
Jack and his mother have a cafe at the bottom of a road. Then one day the city builds an overpass that bypasses the road. Suddenly, Jack's Cafe has no customers. Jack's mom sends him off to buy coffee with their last few pennies; instead Jack trades them for a can of magical baked beans. A beanstalk sprouts from the can and Jack climbs to meet the giant. The giant isn't mean like in the original story but a bored giant who only counts his money. As they are leaving the beanstalk breaks and Jack, ...more
This is a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale. And I LOVED it! I like how it gives a nod to the fairytale, but it is its own story. It doesn't follow the tale to the point that it is just a modern setting. It has its own twist--with some cans of baked beans on top. I like it.

I like how the set up explains why two worthy (three if you count the dog) people are down on their luck. I also thought it was fun to see the 1930s/1940s era of clothes, cars, and buildings. That really was a
Patricia Lopez
Dec 08, 2015 Patricia Lopez rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Jack who works at an old burger truck with his mother, however a misfortune happens leaving Jack and his mother out of business. Jack meets an old man one day who sold baked beans to him in exchange for pennies. Through this Jack is taken on a crazy journey where he travels to another land filled with magic. This is a great book that gives a twist to the fairytale of Jack and the Bean Stalk. In this tale the giant is very kind and Jack and his mother own a small fo ...more
Cassie Paries
Jan 14, 2015 Cassie Paries rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written. It is a blast to read and very creative. I like how it is set in a more modern city so it is easy to relate to. I also liked how the giant was a kind giant. I like how at the end Jack helped the giant to use his talent of cooking to help the family restaurant. It teaches a great lesson that we can use our talents in any situation to help other people. We all have talents, we just have to learn how to use them in order to help other people. This book teaches that by ...more

Jack and his mother were proud of their little cafe. They kept the place clean, served tasty food and always had plenty of happy customers. That is, until the city council decided to build an overpass. No one comes to the cafe any more, and Jack is sent out with their last few pennies to buy some coffee. But instead of coffee beans, he ends up buying magic baked beans. We all know that there's going to be a giant beanstalk, and a giant, and piles of treasure at the top. But this excellently illu
Oct 27, 2012 Magila rated it really liked it

For some reason, this book seemed to have slipped through and I didn't review it right after reading it. So, please excuse me for not remembering all the nuanced information I might normally include. The pictures in this book were reminiscent of those that would be produced in Photoshop, but it really wasn't all too bad. The art doesn't jump off the page as something original or magnificent, however it was solid.

The story was nice. It reinforces family values, and subdues a bit of the brashne
Oct 11, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Very enjoyable, fresh take on Jack and the Beanstalk with a great backstory on how the family became down on their luck. How much fun to subvert the familiar story with a non-cranky giant, too. Colin Stimpson's time as an animator is clearly visible in the illustrations and design of the book--that is NOT a criticism! Wish he would have trusted his story & characters to carry his message instead of ending on a clunker of a moral ("Maybe if you try doing something you enjoy, you'll find it mo ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
This is a truly bizarre retelling and modernization of Jack and the Beanstalk, with baked beans, food trucks and highway overpasses. I usually dislike this sort of thing, unless there's something special about the retelling, but this one manages to maintain the emotions of the original story, but modernize the setting. Even the giant is a modern sort, trapped in a lonely world of counting his own money, with a magic hen and a magic radio. The ending is a drastic twist, but very cute.
The artwork
Katherine Kim
Jul 22, 2014 Katherine Kim rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun rendition of the original Jack and the Beanstalk. The illustrations are bright and full of depth; it seems like it is made from a Pixar movie! They are marvelous! I liked how the story used the same characters and plot of the original story, but twisted the setting and details of the story and characcters. For example, the giant seems mean at first, but once you read more about the giant, you realize how nice he is. Students can compare and contrast the original to this versio ...more
Ali Mccauley
This twist on the original Jack and the Beanstalk was very entertaining. I like that the giant was not mean, he was just lonely. All he wanted was to have people to spend time with and share his life with, but being stuck at the top of the beanstalk he never gets that. So, when Jack climbs up he is extremely excited to have company. I also like the theme that no matter how different, you can be friends with all kinds of people.
Jan 13, 2015 Kaylie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, it's the first time that i've seen Jack and the Beanstalk written a different way and i really enjoyed the modern twist that it had, it's different to read a book that was originally set in the past and bring it to our times but it was executed brilliantly and the illustrations were gorgeous, I would definitely be able to continuing reading this book over and over again and I think it would be a fantastic book for elementary school students.
Jessica Harrison
Sep 21, 2012 Jessica Harrison rated it it was amazing
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Review via Cracking the Cover

“Jack and the Baked Beanstalk” is a delightful picture book. There’s a lot of life to this retelling of a classic. The text is fast and fun and the illustrations are beautifully lush. What fun it is to see Jack sitting down to a meal with the giant. Though not everyone may agree, I prefer this version to the original.
Jan 14, 2015 Merinda rated it really liked it
In this world it's easy to get caught up into thinking that whoever has the most money, the newest fad, or the biggest "toys" is the happiest. Jack and the Baked Beanstalk helps us to remember that this is false. The giant is not happy even though he is surrounded by stacks of money. In a fun twist to this classic tale, Colin Stimpson teaches us about what is truly important and what will really make us happy.
Jenn Swanson
Sep 29, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
This is an interesting take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. In this book Jack and his mother have a diner car that can't move and an overpass is built that goes over it. Business dies but Jack manages to get his hands on some magic baked beans. The story is original, or as much as can be with a remake, and the illustrations are fabulous. My daughter enjoyed this story. I did too. Would recommend.
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Colin was born in England in 1964. He studied illustration at the Kingston School of Art where he gained a First Class Honors Degree. At college his work was influenced by Edwardian illustrators such as Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham.

After graduating he worked as an illustrator for a year before entering the animation industry. Having thought the age of animated films had passed he was delighted
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