I’m a big fan of Josh Funk’s books, and if you haven’t read any of them, you gotta go find one. I’ve even written about one before here. They have the right amount of humor with great illustrations, and still require the reader to do some thinking.
Tonight, we read It’s NOT Jack and the Beanstalk, which is his latest released book. I’ve been itching to read it for a while, but I’m trying (and failing) to rein in my book budget and hadn’t got around to it. But when I saw it on my child’s tablet under Kindle unlimited (AKA free), I instantly knew what we were reading tonight.
The cool thing about this book is that it is a fractured fairy tale, but not your average fractured fairy tale. Our main character Jack actually interacts with the narrator– who is actually trying to tell the original version of the story. I don’t want to give much away, so I’ll just give a few pieces of info–
*It’s a funny book. Both my 6 year old and my 9 year old were giggling throughout.
*Its not a requirement, but I would suggest that if your child isn’t familiar with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to read that first. Trust me, it will be fine without, but it is so much better when they have that background knowledge.
*Read it yourself beforehand. Because of the multiple characters, especially with one being the narrator, there are speech bubbles and text all over. I think I read everything in the right order, and my kids had no complaints, but if I had read it myself first I think my delivery would’ve been a little better.
*Give them some time to look at the illustrations. There’s lots to see and of course they enhance the story even more.
Lastly, one of the cool things about the author Josh Funk is that he also has a cool website that has supplemental things that go along with his book, including coloring pages and other activities. It’s a win-win!
So, on your quest of #RaisingReaders, especially if you or your children are fans of fairy tales, I would recommend It’s NOT Jack and the Beanstalk.