Jack And The Beanstalk

Fee-fi-fo-fum.  Nina Crews' take on this historic tale was dumb, dumb, dumb. 

*The superimposing of photos on top of other photos was a neat trick, although it probably could have been done more seamlessly to make it look more realistic  
*If you like images of New York City, this book has those in spades
*Whatever Crews did to make that golden egg was the right artistic choice

*Curiously chops out some of the better plot points of the story we all know and love (Jack's meager economic situation, his multiple trips up the beanstalk, help from the giant's wife, etc) 
*I'm sorry but if you are going to include a picture of a woman clipping a man's toenails then I am going to have a tough time taking anything else you do seriously 
*Why do the giants turn into regularly-tempered people when they hit the ground and why is Jack so nonchalant about the trouble they put him through leading up to that

Normally, it's not easy for me to balance my desire for a pure retelling of a classic with the feeling that each printing of the story should bring something new or different to the table.  In the case of Nina Crews' Jack, however, it actually wasn't that hard to pick a side.  She should have taken her layered photograph idea and applied it to a story much closer to the original instead of the oddball mashup she dreamt up.  Moreover, she should have picked a better and less flamboyant giant, because the guy she ended up using looked like a week one reject from Project Runway.  [I like my giants scary, but not in a fashion-forward, manicured feet kind of way.]  All in all, this was kind of a dud, and didn't pack the punch I was hoping for when I read it to my son.

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