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Look Out Jack! the Giant Is Back!

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Could you stay out all night in the dark even if... there were spiders dangling over your head and ... snakes slithering around your feet and ... A BIG, HAIRY, KID-EATING MONSTER on the prowl? Would you just tell them to go away? Oh yeah? In this rollicking tale about the creatures that might lurk in the night, two boys with very big imaginations prove they are so brave, s ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Holiday House (first published September 1st 2001)
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining story full of childlike logic. Both my 7 year old niece and 2 year old nephew got a kick out of the rhyming lines that the giant calls out and helped me by chiming in. Fantastic illustrations by Will Hillenbrand (who autographed my copy, addressing it to me)
Jack and his mother escape and leave to America only to find that the giant's brother has found them and is now out to take revenge. Jack will need to use his cleverness to get out of this one.

Nice, cute book.
Emily Dougherty
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
o Grades K-2
o Traditional
o This fun continuation of the classic story Jack and the bean stock is a great read for any child. I think it is a great read and a lot of fun to see the end!
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of fractured fairy tales
The kids that I read this to thought the most interesting part of this book was the giant having green feet. They weren't far off. It wasn't a bad story, but it was pretty easy to see where it was going from the start. Birdseye tried to turn a pretty well played out story into a story with a little more mileage left in the tank. Giving it an American tall tale style rebirth helped a little. The smelly, green foot gag helped a little more. Managing to avoid killing another giant and successfully ...more
Kim Barth
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a very funny sequel to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack and his mother have come to America, but the giant's angry brother follows them and demands that Jack return the hen, the magic harp, and all the giant's gold. It isn't easy, but Jack manages to outsmart the giant and lives happily ever after- for real this time. This book would provide an example of how students could write their own sequels to well-known fairy tales. ...more
Tom Birdseye came to our elementary school for a talk, and boy, was he a hit! The kids love his books, and enjoyed hearing him talk about his childhood and journey as a writer. He read this book out loud to us; most of the audience knew the giant's rhyme and said it with him. Overall a wonderful person who really took the time to make reading into something memorable. ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
It is a decent sequel to a story that doesn't yet have sequels I know of, but the flavor/locale of the story is so strong that it doesn't really match up as a traditional sequel. I would almost rather the author had done his own variation of the original story, or even a new story entirely. Right now it's half variant and half sequel. Designed for older readers I think. ...more
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, giants
A cute "what happened next" of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. The Giant's brother comes after Jack for the gold, the hen that lays the golden eggs, and the harp. Jack hotfoots it to America where he believes he'll be safe from this new Giant. But, the Giant finds him and Jack must use his wits to escape for a second time.

Really great, goofy illustrations.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun, Jack alternate story. I'd give it four stars, but the hero marries and lives happily ever after. Why, I perpetually ask, does it seem fun to teach our children this horrible thing at such a young age? It leads us astray in our search for marital happiness later in life. Enough rant. ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My English teacher read this book to us. It was such a great book! (Sarcasm) Okay it wasn't bad. It just kept me occupied in class haha.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fun follow up to Jack & The Beanstalk. The Giant's brother wants the gold, hen and harp back! ...more
An extension to Jack and the Beanstalk with a North Carolina twist; good way to introduce students to the use of dialect in literature. (Choice)
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Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fun spin-off of Jack and the Beanstalk. It's good to know that giants really can be outsmarted! ...more
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I grew up in North Carolina and Kentucky, an ardent fan of anything that smacked of sports, crawdads, mud balls, forts built in the woods, secret codes, bicycles without fenders, butter pecan ice cream, and snow. I was, however, decidedly uninterested in writing-or any academic aspect of school, for that matter-never imagining that at the age of thirty-five I would become a published author. And y ...more

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