"Thus beveled and streamlined, the tale has lost some of its pungency, but, with artwork that has the color quality of old frescoes, and characters full of personality (even with dots for eyes), this remains a rousing adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Walker's modernized retelling of Jack's adventure up the beanstalk makes a fine counterpoint to the Beneduce/Spirin collaboration (see review, above); it's been tamed and trimmed to a jaunty pace and filled with lively humor.
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