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Wicked Jack

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When he dies, a mean blacksmith is rejected by both St. Peter and the Devil.
Hardcover, 1 page
Published January 19th 2008 by Holiday House (first published September 1st 1995)
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: folk-fairy-tales
Jack loves nothing more than playing tricks . . . mean, nasty tricks. But after he makes a fool of the Devil and his minions, Jack may find himself with no place to spend his afterlife.

I loved the illustrations by Jack Hillenbrand.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Summary: Wicked Jack was a mean, old, bitter blacksmith. Because of the bad deeds he did during his time on earth, including his behavior towards St. Peter and the Devil, he is refused access to heaven or hell. He is now trying to create a place of his own, being stuck in between heaven and hell, never to find peace.
Peace Perspective: Wicked Jack is a story in the good style of folk tales that were brought from Europe. The retributive justice that is applied in the case of the blacksmith will te
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of the Wicked Jack folktale from the South, so this book was not only fun, but enlightening. Quite frankly, I couldn't stop laughing. The illustrations by Will Hillenbrand are marvelous, with the portrayal of Jack being clever. This is a great story to help educate the young-uns about karma and how it will eventually come back to bite ya.

Book Season = Autumn (when mysterious lights flicker)
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun story about mean ol' Jack, a man meaner than a rattlesnake, a man so mean that ultimately he is unwelcome in Heaven and in Hell! This is an adaptation of an old folktale from the South, and is often credited with explaining the origin of jack-o-lanterns. Wonderfully illustrated (I love the portrayal of Jack), laugh out loud funny with a subtle moral message as well. ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun tale for grades 3 and up. Story is nice retelling of folktale and the illustrations are wonderful!
Great storytelling story.
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