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The tree house that Jack built, Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague

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The tree house that Jack built
Title
The tree house that Jack built
Statement of responsibility
Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With ladders, swings, turrets, and elaborate pulley systems everywhere--animals chase one another over, under, around, and through the tree house that Jack has built. Then the bell rings, and all the animals gather for story time with Jack"--
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Grade 2 In this reworking of the familiar cumulative tale, young Jack lives with his menagerie of tropical animals in a fabulous tree house by the sea. He has built a fantastic construction of ladders, knotted swinging vines, thatched-roofed platforms, balconies, and swinging bridges into the trunk and boughs of a giant jungle tree. Verburg’s enjoyable text is perfectly paced as she introduces a grinning fly that is snapped at by a lizard that is pecked at by a parrot that is in turn swatted by a cat . . . until all the animals are brought up short by Jack’s ringing of a bell. It announces storytime, and then Good night to all the things Jack made, as he goes to sleep in his treetop hammock. Each acrylic spread is alive with brilliant colors and delightful pop-up-in-your-face figures, and imaginative details abound throughout: ingenious pulleys that lift pineapples, a fan operated by a bunny using a foot treadle, and a cascading triple birdbath. Teague weaves his magic into every scene, making this a delight for incipient Robinson Crusoes. -- Gepson, Lolly (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p52)
  • K-Gr 2 — One might suppose that this title is a riff on the cumulative rhyme of a similar name. Jack has built a tree house and is visited by a fly, lizard, and parrot, each dutifully invoked as the verse grows longer. Verburg has not left it at that, however. By the fourth page turn, she has inserted extra text. Readers are suddenly informed that Jack has assembled swings, a ladder, and a birdbath in the tree, but those real-estate enhancements are never mentioned again. The gathering of animals continues until the youngster declares it's storytime, reads a copy of this book aloud, watches the sunset, and just about everyone goes to bed. It's difficult to see the point of all this. Jack's tree appears to be a banyan, and most of the animals are tropical. The detail in Teague's color-saturated acrylics varies from one animal to the next. The frilled lizard's head is appropriately scaly, but the monkeys are far more cartoony. Jack, himself, is a redhead with a tabby cat and a shaggy sheepdog for pets. Of course, the conceit is pure fantasy, but the entire effort seems hastily thrown together.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 5, p98)
  • An enormous banyan tree provides the foundation for an industrious boy’s idyllic seaside aerie in this version of the familiar cumulative rhyme. From a long-lens perspective, Jack’s tree house calls to mind the classic board game Chutes and Ladders: pulley systems, swings, and rope ladders link multiple decks built among the tree’s branches. Up close, readers see fun details that include a hammock, a ship’s steering wheel, and a lively menagerie of animal pals—a veritable tropical food chain from fly to monkey, with some helpful squirrels and rabbits along for fun. While Teague’s (the How Do Dinosaurs... series) lush jungle compositions swoop around the structure to show the animals in playful pursuit, Verburg (The Kiss Box) provides an equally entertaining journey. Entirely the master of his island domain, Jack calls the animals to order (“But what is that sound?/ Jack’s ringing a bell!/ It’s story time!/ They know it well”) as the story makes its way to a bedtime conclusion. Readers will envy Jack’s self-assured confidence and his abode itself, which is worthy of Swiss Family Robinson. Ages 3–6. (June) --Staff (Reviewed March 17, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 11, p)
  • As the title indicates, arboreal hijinks inspired by the classic rhyme. The tale begins recognizably enough: "Here is the boy / up in the tree / where he built a house / overlooking the sea." Then there is a pesky fly, followed by a lizard that snaps at that fly. But the narrative halts its cumulative efforts partway through to take a different turn. Jack has built a treehouse full of pulleys, levers, ropes and ladders. There is a rabbit, enticed by a carrot on a string, who powers a device to fan the monkey. Not to mention the speedy pineapple-delivery system for the squirrels. Verburg interrupts the expected rhyme to falteringly point out the wonders of the treehouse as the cat "jumps on the swings, / the ladder, the birdbath, / the marvelous things / Jack made with his tools." The invitation to closely inspect Teague's saturated art is unnecessary. Readers will be eagerly peering through branches to catch all the details of their own accords. The cumulative narration begins again, only to be halted by the storytime bell; however, this time the rhythm is better preserved. Jack, in fact, reads the same story that they are all in! A semiclever twist that lends itself to far more imaginative play in illustration than text. (Picture book. 3-5)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2014)
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10314770
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Verburg, Bonnie
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ8.3.V712636
LC item number
Tr 2014
Literary form
fiction
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Teague, Mark
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  • Tree houses
  • Animals
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Tree houses
  • Animals
Target audience
preschool
Label
The tree house that Jack built, Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439853385
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013031121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
The tree house that Jack built, Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439853385
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013031121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations

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