Editor's Note: Dave T. is a literature loving eleven twelve year old (happy birthday Dave!) who also enjoys writing reviews (under the nameReviewer Inc.). Since he does his ratings in dragons we are calling his section Dragon Picks. At the bottom of each review you can see how many dragons Dave gave the book out of a possible five.______________________________________________________Calamity Jack (graphic novel)By Shannon and Dean Hale / Illustrated by Nathan HaleReview by Reviewer Inc.
This book is about Jack, the baker’s son and he is always scheming. Sometimes his “capers” are bad, although his intentions are good, most of the time. His mom is poor, so he plans to get money from the giants (not the transaction way) and meets a hermit who gives him 5 beans. He plants one that grows and gives him a ride to where he needs to get the money from. A giant catches him as he’s trying to steal the favorite golden egg laying goose of the he head giant, Blunderboar. The giant pursues him down the beanstalk but Jack chops it down, killing the giant.
Blunderboar is having his morning tea when he sees the giant, accompanied by a falling beanstalk, slam into the ground and die. Blunderboar wants to kill Jack so Jack runs out west and meets Rapunzel. When they’re on the “iron horse” (train) heading home to Skyport, they are attacked by the Ant people but Rapunzel’s trusty braids save them.
When they arrive at Skyport, they find it in ruins. The Ant people did this. So now Jack must solve the case, with the help of a couple of friends, why the Ant people destroyed Skyport. While Jack’s doing that task, he must also save Skyport from another enemy.
This book is a graphic novel and is in full color. I don’t really like any full color graphic novels or comic books because I’m used to reading black and white. This was a good novel because it had non-stop action and some funny parts, too. I didn’t like how Jack was sometimes a thief, but it was good to see he redeemed himself in the end.
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