Books by Jan Thompson

THE HOUSE THAT CRACK BUILT by Clark Taylor
HEALTH
Released: June 1, 1992

A harrowing takeoff on ``The House That Jack Built,'' this cumulative rhyme takes readers from a large, comfortable house somewhere in Latin America, through the network of cocaine production and distribution, to the ``Girl who's killing her brain/Smoking the crack that numbs the pain'' and the ``Baby with nothing to eat/Born of the girl...'' The haunting, rhythmical text is enhanced by stylized, shadowed color illustrations featuring desperate-looking figures roaming an urban landscape, their heads cocked or even upside-down. The message is reinforced with a closing appeal by drug counselor Michael Pritchard, plus information about five national anti-drug organizations. An effective, non-preachy tool for drug educators at any level. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+) Read full book review >