Jak and the magic nano-beans A graphic novel

Carl Bowen

Book - 2016

In this graphic version of the classic story, Jak and her broken-down robot, Cow, make a deal with the scrap collector; if they will take the Space Elevator to the supposedly deserted Cloud Kingdom and procure some nano-beans, Cow will be fixed as good as new--but when they get there they find that the Kingdom is occupied by an immense alien monster.

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Far out fairy tales.
Graphic novels
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books, a Capstone imprint [2016]
Physical Description
33 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Main Author
Carl Bowen (author)
Other Authors
Omar Lozano (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

This volume in the Far Out Fairy Tales series presents a reworked, sci-fi version of Jack and the Beanstalk. In this story, Jak is a girl with an unruly turquoise mohawk, and her cow is actually a robot, CDW. Jak and her mother are among the humans left behind on a messed-up Earth after those who could afford to leave rode up a space elevator to live in a pristine community far from the planet. Jak takes up a deal from the scrap man to break into the Cloud Kingdom and steal some nano-beans to help her people on the planet and to keep CDW. Once there, however, Jak finds all the people gone and a nasty, many-tentacled monster ready to eat her. The color scheme of the cartoonish, cinematic panels helps cultivate a strong sense of location, with dusty tones on Earth and florescent hues in space. Jak and CDW make a dynamic team in this action-packed tale. Kids who love Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens should like Jak, too.--Kan, Kat Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Horn Book Review

Sixth grader Victoria Torres's aspirations and her reality don't usually align. In these volumes, she's cast as Friar Laurence, not Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet (Drama); and she refuses to engage in dirty politics during class elections and might have to accept a lesser office (President). Believable ethical situations and a thoughtful heroine add appeal to otherwise pat middle-school fare. Activities appended. Glos. [Review covers the following Victoria Torres, Unfortunately Average titles: So Much Drama and Vicka for President.] (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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