IDLE JACK by Antony--Adapt. Maitland


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A vigorous, even dynamic projection of the story of the bumpkin who, each succeeding day, follows instructions that apply to the day before--carrying cheese on his head (instead of an empty jar), dragging a leg of mutton along the ground (instead of a ferocious cat)-to the disgust of his mother and his ultimate gain: the morose princess laughs, and her father rewards Jack with her hand. The telling is somewhat closer to Jacobs' original than in Kurt Werth's Lazy Jack (1970), but the effect of the pictures is to make the humor broader--to emphasize the ludicrousness of Jack's misconstructions over the silliness of his taking his mother's words literally. Still, it's good, comical fun and effective for presentation to a group.

Pub Date: Dec. 31st, 1980
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux