Jack's House (Paperback)

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We all know the story of the house that Jack built, or do we? Jack's House is the real story, you see. Jack (a human) takes credit for the actual building of the house. But it is our hero Max (a hardworking dog) and his friends who are as busy as a mouse! But not yet, are you done! The amazingly bright illustrations add to the fun. Each one helps the delightful story move! Each one holds a surprise. Kids (and adults) who love construction, vehicles, tools, dogs and funny stories will giggle and wiggle with glee at the antics of our courageous friend. — Jeanette


Construction-equipment loving boys will adore this humourous twist on the classic nursery rhyme. Someone has done a lot of work building a house. 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 in this story about getting what you work for. 

About the Author

Karen Magnuson Beil is a former reporter for Chicago's City News Bureau and has also worked as an editor and science writer. She has written several books for children; including "Fire in Their Eyes". A New England native, she now lives in New York State with her family.

Mike Wohnoutka illustrated Jack's House, by Karen Magnusen Beil, as well as other books. He lives in Minnesota.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823422425
ISBN-10: 0823422429
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: September 15th, 2009
Pages: 32
Language: English