JACK AND THE FIRE DRAGON by Gail E. Haley

JACK AND THE FIRE DRAGON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a companion to Jack and the Bean Tree, the Caldecott-winning illustrator retells another English/Appalachian folk-tale with her usual wit and verve. Jack and his two brothers, just back from the army, are building themselves a new cabin on the mountain when the Fire Dragaman comes and steals their dinner; it's Jack, the youngest, who outwits him, follows him down a hole to his home, rescues three maidens, defeats the Dragaman (now a dragon) and finds his way happily back--in spite of his brothers, who have tried to trap him in the hole. Both the back-country scenes and the flamboyant dragon are depicted in vigorous, bold linoleum cuts and harmonious, vivid color. Good for storytelling or reading aloud; fine for kids who want illustrations of scary monsters: these have the additional value of having merit as art.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1988
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Crown