Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale

Even though this book is the sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, it holds up on it's own. There are a lot of reasons why I like these books. The fairy tales are retold in the Old West giving it a completely new lease but more importantly they are full of the action we expect from Westerns.
Calamity Jack begins shortly where Rapunzel's Revenge ends. Jack and Rapunzel are travelling to the city where Jack lived. His golden goose has now laid eggs and he has enough money to repair the damage done to his family's home and business after the beanstalk (and giant falling) destroyed them.
The city he returns to is not the same that he left. There is a war between the Ant People and the Giants and it's destroying the entire city. Jack's mother is now the giant's baker and locked in the giant's tower.
Joining Jack and Rapunzel are Prudence, a pixie, and Freddie Sparksmith, a reporter. Their journey to saving the city is action packed and fully entertaining.
This book is a fairly easy read and not too scary for those younger readers.

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