by Rachael Mortimer
illustrated by Liz Pichon
Tiger Tales, 2014. Picture Book
Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but what if Jack's magic beans were jelly beans? Who would want to eat a little boy when he could have a feast of brightly colored and multi-flavored jelly beans instead? Just watch out for the "stinky socks" flavored ones. This is a short and silly mixed-up fairy tale that will tickle a child's fancy. Pichon's illustrations use all the vibrant colors of a bowl of candy and employ some creative point of view shots to show how big the giant really is. This would be a good choice to read along with a more traditional telling of the story like Steven Kellogg's Jack and the Beanstalk.