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Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Written by Candace Fleming & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
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Take a bite out of this deliciously funny original fairy tale, which received four starred reviews and was named a Best Book of the Year by <i>Booklist</i>, <i>School Library Journal</i>, <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, and the Bank Street College of Education. <p/>What would you do if you were invited to the princess’s tenth birthday party but didn’t have money for a gift? Well, clever Jack decides to bake the princess a cake. <p/>Now he just has to get it to the castle in one piece. What could <i>possibly</i> go wrong? <p/>Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas, creators of the bestselling picture book <i>Muncha! Muncha!</i> <i>Muncha!, </i> have teamed up again to bring us a modern fairy tale starring a determined boy and a story-loving princess with a good sense of humor. While girls will fall for a story featuring a princess’s birthday party, Jack’s adventures with trolls, bears, and gypsies make this the perfect read for young boys as well–and ideal for storytime.

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Who Wrote Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of <i>The Family Romanov</i>, a Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the <i>Boston Globe-Horn</i> Book Award and the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Award for Young Adult Literature; <i>Amelia Lost, </i> which received four starred reviews; <i>and The Great and Only Barnum</i>, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a <i>Publishers Weekly </i>and <i>Booklist</i> Best Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including <i>Oh, No!, </i> illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle grade, including <i>The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School</i>. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter: @candacemfleming.

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Who Illustrated Clever Jack Takes the Cake

G. Brian Karas

G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than ninety children’s books, including two by Megan McDonald about Ant and Honey Bee; Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle; and Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. G. Brian Karas lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Candace Fleming's Book Dedication

For Clever Eric, cake lover and storyteller extraordinaire

G. Brian Karas's Book Dedication

For Anne and Lee

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Publication Date:
August 24, 2010
Text Details:
The text of this book is set in Archetype.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations are rendered in gouache and pencil.
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