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: 2nd − 3rd 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 is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast series, It's Not a Fairy Tale series, How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, A Story of Patience and Fortitude series, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, My Pet Feet, and more.

Billy Yong is an illustrator and character designer. Born and raised in sunny Singapore, he studied entertainment design at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California. He's often found drawing or geeking out over furniture with his wife. He drinks way too much boba, even though he knows he shouldn't.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Two Lions
Publication date
September 19, 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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