Calamity Jack

Calamity Jack

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Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind...with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781599900766
Branch Call Number: J FIC Hale
Characteristics: 144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hale, Nathan 1976-
Hale, Dean 1972-- Author


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Aug 07, 2019

I really liked that the main character in this book has a really unique name. What I also liked about this book is that instead of it being like star wars and having many different species it has one creature. One last thing is that it has different types of genres as the story continues.

Sep 29, 2018

This book was pretty good considering it followed up Rupenzels revenge. A great fractured fairy tale set in comic book format. However, the plot is a bit more complicated then Rupenzel. Great story, still prefer Rupenzel.

TSCPL_LissaS Jan 11, 2017

My kids and I loved reading Rapunzel's Revenge. Since I have both a boy and a girl reader, I appreciate when we have a series that has a strong female AND a strong male lead character, and they each are the star of their own book and story. Unlike many kids adventures where the parents are out of the pictures, in these two books, the mother characters are important to both of the characters and their motivations (even if they are off-screen most of the adventure!)

May 29, 2016

Calamity Jack is the follow-up to Rapunzel’s Revenge. The first 40-odd pages give us the previously untold story of Jack’s criminal past. The rest of the book is what happens when Jack brings Punzie home… kind of. Home (his family’s bakery) seems to have been destroyed in his absence. Also, a bad guy whom Jack crossed on his way out of town is now running everything. Oops. What follows is an Old West Steampunk monster-fighting adventure complete with giant ants and a love triangle. Rapunzel is her usual badass self, Jack is a dork with a heart of gold, and it was completely satisfying.

And there’s something I hadn’t realized when reading Rapunzel’s Revenge. This is a fantasy story, so I don’t want to say Jack is Native American or First Nations, but artist Hale depicts him and his family with clothing and hairstyles inspired by one or more Native American or First Nations cultures. The words “chief” and “clan” are used. I’m too ignorant to analyze what’s going on here for any accuracy. Hale is a history buff, but that doesn’t mean he got it right, and there’s certainly no content here addressing the culture or history of indigenous people in the Americas. But it’s interesting to observe and think about this family’s place in this magical alt-history.

Sep 07, 2015

It's a good book, but I think Rupunzel's Revenge is much more better and should be more recommended.

red_eagle_468 May 03, 2014


i read rapunzel's revenge a million times i always have it finished in a day its just so good! so i know this one will be awesome to! my eyes r practically glued to it!!!! even though i haven't read it i rated it 5 star mainly cuz i know it will be awesome!
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Apr 20, 2013

this is an amazing book and i hope that many people will enjoy it as much as i did. p.s look for rapunzels revenge first it might help understand this book much,much,much more:)

Jul 27, 2012

Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale is a wonderful book about adventure. Once the 2 love birds go one there adventure they meet new people on the way. once you read this book you'll think that all the characters brings life into the book (especially Repunzle and Jack).I hope you have fun readding the book!

it was a very good book

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Oct 08, 2013

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