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Jack’s House

Jack’s House

Written by Karen Magnuson Beil
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Holiday House, 2008
Picture Book, 32 pages
Ages 1–7

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-823-42242-5

Awards & Good Things

  • The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show
  • The Society of Illustrators Original Art Traveling Show
  • A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book
  • A Scholastic Book Club Selection
  • A Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection

Book Description

Construction-equipment loving young readers will adore this humorous twist on the classic nursery rhyme.

Someone has been doing a lot of work. Someone has been operating a cement mixer, driving a bulldozer, and using a forklift to build walls, frame windows, and nail down a roof. Someone has built a big, strong home for Jack. But is this the house that Jack built? One tired puppy dog disagrees.

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“Introduces readers to bulldozers and backhoes and forklifts, and a handful of trucks: cement, rack, boom and dump. These great machines loom on the page, but Wohnoutka has beveled the edges to make them as soft as sponge cake and just as desirable, as they shimmer in the heat of a summer afternoon. This book was built for those youngsters with a jones for trucks and other big wheels, and it delivers in spades.

Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. This beguiling book will be a hit both at storytimes and in circulating collections, for those who really want to know how Jack’s house got built.”

School Library Journal

“Details about home construction and machinery are well suited to the intended age group. Large-scale acrylic illustrations and repetitive phrasing make this a good choice for read-alouds.”

The Horn Book

“The unexpected twist at the end along with Mike Wohnoutka’s engaging acrylic illustrations add a playfulness to this retelling of a classic tale. Perfect read for boys who like tractors or any other big machine with levers, wheels or control sticks.”

Children’s Literature Network