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Wednesday 24 April 2013

Review: Just Jack

Young Jack just loves wearing his super hero costume to kinder but wash day looms. Mud pies, paint and water play make things worse.

When Mum wants to wash this super hero's ensemble, Jack jumps up and down and ‘nearly makes the ground rumble.' Eventually, our lovely hero gives up the costume but things hit rock bottom when by the very next day, the costume is still wet.

Bravely venturing back to kinder, not as a superhero, but instead as Just Jack, little readers will love being privy to the secret that Jack is still wearing his superhero socks.

The other kinder kids don’t know about the socks, and they see him as Just Jack. They welcome him with open arms. Jack is still a hero without his cape, and his grin is enormous.

Kindergarten boys will identify most closely with this beautiful book. Uncertain about starting kinder, Jack overcomes his fear by dressing up as a super hero - perhaps something other kids can readily relate to.

Jane Tanner has perfectly recorded the inner world of preschool boys through both her illustrations and her gentle words. Her pictures capture such realistic emotion on the faces of her young characters, you'll want to hug them.

While this book deals with finding confidence to be yourself when you venture into a new and sometimes daunting world, it can also be a conversation starter for any issue or reflection on kinder. 

Title: Just Jack
Author/Illustrator: Jane Tanner
Publisher: Puffin, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9780143504924
Ages: 3 - 5
Type: Picture book