Isn’t this the cutest banner? I’ve always loved fairy tales so when I was asked to participate in the tour for Shurtliff’s new book about Jack and the Beanstalk and I was very happy to help 🙂
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 14th, 2015
Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day.
I have to say that this is such an awesome and funny post!
A Little Sister’s Guide to Besting Your Big Brother
By Liesl Shurtliff
My name is Annabella. Most people don’t know me, but everyone knows my big brother Jack, the boy who’s always playing tricks and going on giant adventures. It’s not always easy being his little sister. He puts toads in my pocket, yanks on my braids, and chases me with snakes! Mama says he’s a naughty boy, and probably he is, but he’s also heaps of fun. He goes on adventures and quests, and I always want to come, too, but he won’t ever let me. He says only brave knights go on quests. He says I’m too small and helpless.
I may be small, but I’m not helpless! And I’m going to prove it. I’ve thought long and hard and I’ve come up with 7 ways to best your big brother!
- Ignore teasing. Nothing annoys brothers so much.
- Throw hissy-fits sparingly. If you throw tantrums all the time, the effects start to wear off. Save up those screams and foot-stomps for when they really count.
- Get over snakes and toads. Brother love to try to gross their little sisters out with snakes, toads, spiders, worms, crickets, and any creepy-crawly they can get their hands on. They especially love it when you scream and run to mama. They’ll risk extra chores and a tongue-lashing for the pleasure of frightening a little sister. I learned pretty quickly to pretend all creepy-crawly things are fascinating and beautiful, (even though I really do think they’re gross!) This takes all the fun away for them.
- Climb the beanstalk. When your brother trades the family cow for magic beans and grows a giant beanstalk that goes up to the sky to a giant world, don’t get left behind! Gather your courage, scale the stalk, and claim the right to your own adventure.
- Never Back Down! An older brother will always try to tell you that you’re not big enough, smart enough, or brave enough. So remind yourself daily. You are enough of
- Remember that small has its advantages. Small people are generally good at hiding, sneaking, and squeezing through tight spaces. Don’t waste time wishing you could do all the things the big kids do. Play to your strengths and you’ll find the big kids wishing they could do what the small kids can do.
- Give your brother a bit of praise. Jack is a rascal and a tease, but sometimes he’s helpful and he makes me laugh a lot. It’s probably better for him to hear me tell him all the good things about him, than all the bad.
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah the fifth of eight children. My seven siblings tortured me but I really like them now. I loved dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading books by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Roald Dahl. I also read Grimms’ Fairy Tales so often I wore through the binding. Today I live with my husband and three children in Chicago, which is a wonderful city except that it is decidedly flat and very cold in the winter. When I write, I often wander back to my childhood and gather the magic that still remains. I hope to share that magic with children everywhere.
Visit the rest of the JACK BLOG TOUR!
April 20 (Monday) – Reads All The Books (Author Guest Post)
April 21 (Tuesday) – Bookish Antics (Review)
April 22 (Wednesday) – Jenuine Cupcakes (Q&A)
April 23 (Thursday) – Reading w/ABC (Character Guest Post)
April 24 (Friday) – The Irish Banana Review (Author Guest Post)