Jack and the Giant Barbecue

Kimmel, Eric A.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Jack and the Giant Barbecue
When Jack's mother tells him how his father died when a giant stole his barbecue recipes, Jack vows to find the giant and retrieve the book. Includes an author's note about Texas barbecue.

Publisher: New York : Marshall Cavendish Children, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780761461289
Branch Call Number: jE KIMMEL 2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Manders, John Illustrator


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Jul 05, 2013

In this quirky “spin” on the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk tale, a young cowboy, Jack, climbs Mount Pecos to recover his daddy’s barbecue recipe book, stolen years ago by a greedy giant. Jack’s father had once been known far and wide for making the best barbecue sauce in West Texas.

When he reaches the giant’s ramshackle cabin and sneaks inside, Jack finds an unlikely ally: a talking jukebox (which speaks in Patsy Cline and Hank Williams lyrics).

The giant discovers Jack in his cabin and threatens to “roll him in salsa and pico de gallo, and gobble him up.” Instead, after finishing an enormous meal of barbecued ribs, the giant falls asleep and the jukebox helps Jack to find the stolen recipe book.

As Jack and the jukebox escape from the cabin, the giant awakens and pursues them in his heavy-duty, super-large pickup truck. Jack outwits the giant, returns home and uses the precious cookbook to open a new restaurant that serves (what else?) the best barbecue recipes in West Texas.

Jack’s resourcefulness, the larger-than-life illustrations, the silliness and the exaggerations in this Texan tall tale are sure to make it a favourite choice for young children.

An interesting note about Texas barbecue is included at the end of the book by author Eric Kimmel, who has written over 50 stories for children, including Rip Van Winkle’s Return and Blackbeard’s Last Fight.


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