Jack & the Giants

Mom’s Choice Award
Military Writer’s of America Gold Medal
Great Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention

Illustrated by James Young


Mom’s Choice Award Best Children’s Picture Book Fantasy, Myths & Legends
Military Writer’s of America Gold Medal Best Children’s Book
Great Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Children’s Book

Multi-headed giants block Jack’s attempts to earn his fortune. He out-wits the entire giant family in a unique and humorous fashion. This is another tale in the ancient American Jack Tale cycle. Salsi, a known interpreter of American folklore, retells the story with magical twists and turns that are matched by Young’s dynamic illustrations. This is yarn-spinning at its best.

What People Say

“Did you ever see a giant with three heads? You’ll enjoy watching Jack outsmart two of them, and their kin, in this colorful story from Appalachian folklore traditions. Lynn Salsi knows her Jack Tales, and after you’ve read this lively retelling of one of Jack’s most incredible adventures, you’ll want to ‘fetch it out’ and read it again.”—Tina Hanlon, PhD, Associate Professor of English Ferrum College and Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature

“This is a clever retelling of “Jack the Giant-Killer,” mixed with elements from “Jack and the Varmints.” Lynn Salsi orients this tale towards elementary-age schoolchildren, and they are sure to enjoy it as well as the illustrations by James Young. Salsi has a way with the Appalachian dialect, preserving the flavor of the original tradition.”— James E. Doan, PhD, Nova Southeastern University

“Jack is in trouble again. The boy is a Giant magnet. This is another satisfying entry in Lynn Salsi’s Jack Tale series. I know what my great-niece is getting for Christmas this year. This story made me yearn for a whomping stick of my own.”—Timons Esaias, Seton Hill University






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About the Author

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Lynn Salsi, author of 19 books, is the recipient of many writing awards, including an American Library Association Notable Book Award and Historian of the Year. In 2009 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Life and Times of Ray Hicks, Keeper of the Jack Tales. Other awards include the North Carolina Historian of the Year, the Jacqueline Lougheed World Understanding Lecturer (International Alpha Delta Kappa), an American Library Association Notable Book Award, eight Willie Parker Peace History Book Awards, a Stars and Flags gold medal, and a gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Lynn is known for retelling ancient tales of America’s first settlers and for her travels to 18 countries to study global stories. 

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