Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt

Jack is an out-of-work pirate who wanders his new town searching for potential work. At the end of each day, he amuses his fellow tavern goers with tales about why each available job is unsuitable for him.
Potential for him being a whiny slacker is avoided in the creative and always witty tales Jack weaves. The reader (and listener) understands completely and sympathetically exactly why Jack couldn’t possible take that job – what ever it may be. We have a slightly predictable but satisfying enough ending.
A short author’s note at the beginning says these are tales from Jamaica dating from 1720 but there aren’t any resource notes.

1 comment:

Kimmels said...

This is an example of delightful storytelling which I assumed is pure fiction on the author's part (including the note about 1720 Jamaica). It would be a fun complement to pirate studies in fourth grade (and to writing) and would work well as a read-aloud. I second.