An exuberant tale of young Jack and his trials maintaining the fort built with borrowed items. With his trusty dog, Jack forges a castle that is disassembled by his family - all but grandma who is more than willing to share. — Jessica Wood
In this imaginative interpretation of the nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built,” young Jack builds an amazing fort in the middle of the living room, using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, those objects belong to his family members, so when they want their things back—there goes the walls and roof! Jack struggles to keep his fortress going as it crumbles piece by piece. Finally, Grandma saves the day with her quilts for a sweet, satisfying ending filled with family fun. Boni Ashburn’s text is brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Brett Helquist, whose lively style takes this tale beyond the living room and into the world of adventure.
Praise for The Fort That Jack Built
"Helquist's colorful illustrations truly capture the active imaginative play of youngsters in this humorous variation of the nursery rhyme."
"Rich but retro color palette."
About the Author
Boni Ashburn is a mother of twins and the bestselling author of I Had a Favorite Dress, The Fort That Jack Built, Hush, Little Dragon, and Over at the Castle. She lives in Houghton, Michigan. Visit her online at boniashburn.com.
Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, and many other novels. He’s also illustrated several picture books. He lives in Brooklyn.