Thursday, 18 March 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Calamity Jack - Dean Hale, Nathan Hale, Shannon Hale


Jack thinks of himself as a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, a trickster ...maybe even a thief? But, of course, he's not out for himself he's trying to take the burden off his hardworking mum's shoulders. She'd understand, right? He hopes she might even be proud. Then, one day, Jack chooses a target a little more ...'giant' than the usual, and as one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk, his troubles really begin. But with help from Rapunzel and other eccentric friends, Jack just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of the people who live there ...whilst catapulting them and the reader into another fantastical adventure.


A definite graphic novel to purchase for any fan of fairy tales as the Hale’s interpretation of the fairy stories that I grew up with really bring something new to the modern reader. Beautifully drawn, wonderfully woven with a story arc that will not only entertain but take the world of the readers imagination into a new direction, it’s a title that may well encourage those who are a tad reluctant to read. A duo who will make me sit up and pay attention to future offerings as this gem was something special. So special its being kept on a shelf where young hands can’t reach for a good number of years to come.

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