Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Fleming, Candace. 2010. CLEVER JACK TAKES THE CAKE. Ill. by G. Brian Karas. New York: Random House. ISBN 9780375956973 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-2]

This charming fairy tale has all of the elements so dear to children’s hearts: a princess, a humble yet charming boy, a quest, a dark and scary wood, a troll, and many other delightful characters. The author employs the use of onomatopoeia to help bring the story to life. There are elements in the story that attract both young princesses and princes as they watch Jack overcome his trials to reach the princess with his gift.

Karas’ illustrations enhance the magical feel of “once upon a time.” The various animals and characters come to life with the touch of the illustrator’s pencil and use of gouache, as they draw the reader along the path to the castle. The illustrations on the front and back end pages add depth to the story, opening the door of imagination to future happenings, while encouraging speculations on things that might have happened in the past.

Take a look at how onomatopoeia is used in other books. Children can write their own fairy tales, incorporating onomatopoeia to enhance their stories.

Other books by Candace Fleming that incorporate onomatopoeia:
GATOR GUMBO. ISBN 9780374380502

By Kaye E. Bray

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