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***Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants

by Sam Swope

pictures by Carll Cneut

Reviewed March 29, 2005.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 2004.  100 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF SWO).

Here’s a quick-reading chapter book.  Jack was an abandoned baby, and now everyone in the village thinks he’s trouble.  When he makes a wish on a magic bean to see his mother, a cow appears before him.  He rides the cow backwards and falls into the path of seven giants, each having something to do with one of the seven deadly sins.

Jack escapes from each giant in clever, silly, or lucky ways.  For example, he convinces the giant Glutton to eat himself up.  He does some work for the giant Sloth, but when he escapes, the giant is too lazy to chase him.

The stories are silly but entertaining, all wrapping up with the happiest of endings for Jack.

Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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