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Calamity Jack

(Rapunzel's Revenge #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,896 ratings  ·  601 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
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Charlee Jackson yes they got cut off but she still has them to use. you might notice theyŕe not attached to her head..
Savannah I found it on amazon for only $11.01 brand new. I think you could also find it at a local library.

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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
Feb 27, 2010 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
Sarah Sammis
Sep 03, 2009 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
Feb 27, 2010 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
Jul 10, 2012 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
I think Calamity Jack was better than the first book in the series. It had a more consistent pace, and a larger cast of characters. Of course there were a ton of characters in Rapunzel's Revenge, but they were all very minor characters who were only an active part of the story for a few pages. Pru and Freddie on the other hand were actually important characters, and were there throughout the entire book. The writing style is still simplistic, and the plot is still cliché, but if you enjoyed the ...more
Aimee Meester
A read-aloud with the little sister! It was great to pick this up again and remember the time when I was absolutely obsessed with it, and to experience the joy and fangirling my little sister went through with each chapter. (and those steampunk vibes, tho.)
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Favorite graphic novel series...I want more! :)
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
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.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh. Rapunzel's Revenge was much better. This was a bizarre hodge-podge of whatever. Sorry. Didn't do it for me.
Mallory (toweroftomes)
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+ 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 stil
Dec 23, 2014 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
Apr 22, 2009 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
Nancy Meservier
“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
Sep 24, 2012 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
Jan 06, 2010 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
Marjorie Ingall
Oct 25, 2010 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
Jul 16, 2009 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.

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Jan 29, 2016 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.
Dec 29, 2014 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.
Feb 03, 2010 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.
Shannon Alexander
Feb 05, 2016 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!
Nov 14, 2012 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.
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!
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Reread and enjoyed it more the second time. I hope the Hales write more in this series.
Wilde Sky
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
A bunch of nasty characters (cheats / giants / etc.) end up battling each other.

The story didn’t grab, it seemed like a pastiche of different ideas – some of the graphics were reasonable.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Not as stellar as Rapunzel's story, but I did enjoy the addition of faeries!
Kendra Ardnek
Delightful sequel (and partially prequel) to Rapunzel's revenge.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I got this as a birthday gift for my nephew. It's super fun!
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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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