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Jack and the Box

Jack and the Box

Hardback Toon Books

By (author) Art Spiegelman, By (artist) Art Spiegelman

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  • Publisher: Toon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 34 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0979923832
  • ISBN 13: 9780979923838
  • Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 261,798

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""[The] artwork will appeal to a broad range of lower-level readers. True to its comic-strip roots...this title is a surefire hit." "- School Library Journal Jack just got a new toy, and it's full of surprises. Each time the box pops open, there's a new and bigger surprise. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy...or something else entirely? With a limited vocabulary and unlimited imagination, Art Spiegelman applies his out-of-the-box thinking to a book that has all the surprise and bounce of a jack-in-the-box.

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Art Spiegelman is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus, A Survivor's Tale" as well as "In the Shadow of No Towers," which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004. His work for children includes the best-selling "Open Me...I'm a Dog!" and the Little Lit series of comics anthologies, for which he was both co-editor and contributor. He lives in New York City.

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A long way from Dick and Jane, this near-primer tries hard, and with at least some success, to rob a scary toy of its power to frighten a youngster. Jack the rabbit is thrilled to receive a box covered in stars from his fond parents. His enthusiasm for the gift changes to fright, however, when a green-faced, pop-eyed talking clown head suddenly lunges out at him. Still, in subsequent playful interchanges with it, Jack gradually comes to agree with its claim that it is not a bad toy at all but a silly one - but not before it, Cat in the Hat - like, unleashes both subsidiary toys and terrifying chaos in a sequence color shifts indicate may well be imaginary. Framed in one or two sequential panels per page done in flat colors, simple shapes and with an all-dialogue text in balloons, the episode looks like a comic for brand new readers. There's a lot going on beneath the surface, though, and this may have some therapeutic value for older children too. (Graphic early reader. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)