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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
How to Catch Little Boys and Eat Them, written by Lois Wickstrom and illustrated by Nicolas Milano, is a very different yet interesting take on the age-old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The Giant believes that all ‘Earth Boys’ are stupid and lazy so he sets his trap to catch them for his dinner. Luring Jack up the stalk with valuable items as the Giant pretends to sleep seems to be the perfect plan. When Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds the Giant is wide awake, Jack devises a plan of his own. Will Jack get away from the Giant unharmed or will he become a meal? Is the Giant right in thinking that all Earth Boys are lazy?
How to Catch Little Boys and Eat Them by Lois Wickstrom is a short children’s tale that relates a new spin on how Jack outsmarts the Giant at the top of the beanstalk. The illustrations by Nicolas Milano are bold, bright and entertaining as they tell the story through pictures in a way that makes it easy for any child to understand what is going on in the story. I love how Wickstrom designs the plot around the Giant’s belief of Earth Boys being greedy and lazy, only to have the Giant’s plans backfire in a very different way. I recommend How to Catch Little Boys and Eat Them to anyone who has children of any age that love to read or be read to. Wickstrom’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk would make a wonderful addition to any children’s library.