Jack and the Box

Jack and the Box

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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?"

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Product details

  • Hardback | 34 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • Raw Junior Llc
  • Toon Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • chiefly Illustrations
  • 0979923832
  • 9780979923838
  • 290,045

About Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman is best known for his masterful two-volume Holocaust narrative, Maus, which in 1992 won a Pulitzer Prize. Born in Stockholm in 1948, Spiegelman rejected his parents' aspirations for him to become a dentist and he began to study cartooning in high school and drawing professionally at age 16. In 2005, he was named one of Time magazine s 100 Most Influential People. He was made a Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2005 andthe American equivalentplayed himself on an episode of The Simpsons in 2008. He has published Meta Maus, a companion to The Complete Maus, which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award. In 2011, Art Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. His next book, CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in September 2013. He lives in New York City, with his wife and collaborator, Francoise Mouly, TOON Books' Editorial Director."

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Review Text

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)

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