Jack and the Beanstalk written by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Matt Tavares
Parents' Choice Awards, Gold Award
New York Public Library's 2006 "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" list
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List
Original artwork exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, part of "The Original Art" 2006
Original artwork exhibited at the New York Public Library Children's Room
*starred review in School Library Journal
E. Nesbit's charming, wry retelling of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK was first published in 1908. Preserving the author's unabridged text, this gorgeously designed edition features the dynamic artwork and dramatic perspectives of Matt Tavares, realized in full-color illustrations for the very first time.
"What puts this publication, in my opinion, far above any other currently available is the beautifully wrought illustrations and the outstanding production. Picture editions such as this are works of art in their own right....The artwork is wonderfully designed and toned to create an utterly convincing and satisfying secondary world. This is a book to treasure and one 'for keeps'. "
-Maurice Saxby, Magpies Magazine (Australia)
"...as graceful and engaging a version of the tale as any reader (or read-to) could want....The abundant pencil and watercolor paintings executed by Matt Tavares for this edition add another dimension to the book, one that complements Nesbit's tale beautifully. Shades of green, taupe, and ochre predominate, entirely suitable in a book where a beanstalk looms large, its tendrils weaving their way through the pages."
-The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"This fabulous, century-old version of the famous fairy tale is granated additional life by Tavares' commanding illustrations...I rarely thank publishers for providing good books, but in this case I must..."
-Long Beach Press Telegram
"I have never seen such a wonderful version of "Jack and the Beanstalk." The illustrations are superb, and the writing is unusual and delightful...."
"This is my favorite children's book of the year. The classic story of Jack selling his cow for a handful of beans is complemented by illustrations that are engaging, dynamic and detailed. This book is too delectable not to be shared with the entire family."
-The Tuscon Citizen