MEET JACK APPLEKNOCKER by Arnold Sundgaard

MEET JACK APPLEKNOCKER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a carefully cadenced story, Jack (a bearded young man who lives alone in a cabin ""deep in the forest"") begins each day of the week by letting ""the stain made by the rain on his ceiling"" suggest the day's activity: harvesting apples, potatoes, or grapes, chopping firewood, rescuing a lost lamb, playing his fiddle. Contentedly, he pursues these tasks till Sunday, when the stain suggests the shape of the sun and Jack sleeps late. Samton's bold, decorative illustrations are the best feature of this rather unlikely story (it's hard to accept the premise of the providentially altered stain); and although the text's deliberate repetitions lend it for use as an easy reader, they also render it a bit too long to hold what interest it generates.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel/Putnam