It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk (It's Not a Fairy Tale #1)

by Josh Funk (Author) Edwardian Taylor (Illustrator)

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk (It's Not a Fairy Tale #1)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the enormous beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a giant, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn't want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands--and you'll never guess what happens next!

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

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Kirkus Reviews

All’s well that ends well in this fractured tale of a boy who knows a thing or two about self-determination.

Hornbook Guide to Children

Taylor's cartoony digital illustrations enhance the humor and feature lots of recognizable fairy-tale characters.


In the land of fractured fairy tales, Jack and Fred hold their own.

Josh Funk
Josh Funk ( lives in New England with his wife and children. He has never had a dragon as a pen pal, but he once wrote a letter to Corduroy (and sent along a spare button). He's the author of the picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, Pirasaurs!, and more. Follow him on Twitter @joshfunkbooks.

Rodolfo Montalvo ( grew up in Long Beach, California. He received a B.F.A. in illustration from California State University, Fullerton. He has illustrated children's books including The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing Wilmer Dooley, both written by Fowler Dewitt. He currently lives with his wife in the Los Angeles area. Follow him on Twitter @RMontalvo3.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Two Lions
Publication date
September 20, 2017
It's Not a Fairy Tale
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
JUV020000 - Juvenile Fiction | Interactive Adventures
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Characters in literature
Fairy tales

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