Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale, Illustrated by Nathan Hale--Blog Tour Stop

Release Date: Available Now from Bloomsbury USA

Source: From Publisher


Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.

The characters I grew to love in Rapunzel's Revenge are back in Calamity Jack. This is a great addition to an already fantastic story. This time we get a sneak peek into the history of Jack, while at the same time getting another great dose of Jack and Rapunzel together.

This one had a little more of a steampunk feel to me, which is awesome. I love me some steampunk. I think Jack's completely cool, so I loved seeing how he became the person we saw in Rapunzel's Revenge. The back story is wonderful with that same idea of taking classic fairy tales and turning them on their heads. I don't want to give too much away...just know that there's a beanstalk involved. I will say no more.

The illustrations are once again amazing. I need to pick up a finished copy, because my ARC is in black and white. I think color only adds to these illustrations. Nathan Hale puts so much energy and emotion into his drawings. I think they're wonderful.

I'm hoping that there are more tales coming from this dynamic team. I think this is one of the best graphic novel series for kids that's out there and I can't wait to see and read more.

If you'd like to purchase Calamity Jack you can do so here.

For more about Shannon, you can visit her website here.

For more about Dean, you can visit his website here.

And for more about Nathan, check out his site right here.

Here are the other stops on the Calamity Jack tour. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

Whispers of Dawn, Reading is my Superpower,, Through the Looking Glass Book Review , Booking Mama, Cafe of Dreams, Becky’s Book Reviews, The Hungry Readers, The Friendly Book Book, My Own Little Corner of the World, Book Blather, GreenBeanTeenQueen, Book Crumbs , Abby (the) Librarian, Dolce Bellezza,, The Book Cellar, Carrie’s YA Bookshelf, Bookshelf Monstrosity, Everyday Reading, Frenetic Reader,, Maw Books


  1. Great review! I loved this book, it was such a change from general YA fiction. The dialogue was so quippy & funny, and I loved the art. Glad you enjoyed it too :)

  2. Have you picked up a color copy yet? The full illustrations are fantastic. Nathan Hale out did himself in bringing the story to life.