Clever Jack Takes the Cake

by Candace Fleming

illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Schwartz & Wade Books c2010

ISBN 978-0-375-84979-4

What would you do if you were invited to the princess’s tenth birthday party but didn’t have money for a gift? Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake.

Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. What could possibly go wrong?

Summary: A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess.

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Literary elements:

● Character

● Setting

● Theme

● Conflict

Lesson plans:


Starred review, Booklist, July 2010:

“An original fairy tale that has the makings of a story-hour classic… This standout picture book emphasizes resourcefulness and the power and

pleasure of a well-told tale.”

Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, July 2010:

“The simple-but-expressive, cartoonish illustrations on textured paper and the delightfully clever design further distinguish this cheerful charmer.”

Starred review, Publishers Weekly, July 19, 2010:

“The creators of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! celebrate storytelling with a sparkling specimen of that very thing…With muted tones and subtle textures, the pictures capture the tale’s humor and Jack’s earnest nature.”

Starred review, School Library Journal, July 2010:

“This entertaining adventure is packed with action. Karas’ scratchy gouache and pencil cartoon illustrations are as detail-rich as the text itself.”

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