Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
Jack and his marvellous beanstalk made their first appearance in England in 1734 - and for nearly three centuries the tale has continued to enchant children. After all, what could be more reassuring to a small child than the idea that even a little boy can outwit a scary giant? John Cech retells this popular story with humour and warmth, adding plenty of entertaining detail and bringing in some less familiar elements, too. (For example, when Jack escapes for the last time, the giants wife comes along with him, and becomes his mothers good friend.) And Robert Mackenzies art captures all the magic of the huge beanstalk and the giants oversized world up in the clouds.