The Fort That Jack Built


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Boni Ashburn


In this imaginative interpretation of the nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built,” young Jack builds an amazing fort in the middle of the living room, using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, those objects belong to his family members, so when they want their things back-there goes the walls and roof! Jack struggles to keep his fortress going as it crumbles piece by piece. Finally, Grandma saves the day with her quilts for a sweet, satisfying ending filled with family fun. Boni Ashburn’s text is brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Brett Helquist, whose lively style takes this tale beyond the living room and into the world of adventure.

Praise for The Fort That Jack Built
“Helquist’s colorful illustrations truly capture the active imaginative play of youngsters in this humorous variation of the nursery rhyme.”

“Rich but retro color palette.”
–Kirkus Reviews

Additional information

Weight 467 g
Dimensions 21.9 x 27.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 15 November 2013
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Brett Helquist
Dimensions 21.9 x 27.1 cm
Weight 467 g


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Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon; Over at the Castle; and I Had a Favorite Dress. She lives in Houghton, Michigan. Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, and many other novels. He’s also illustrated several picture books. He lives in Brooklyn.