A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

with audio recording

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

Illustrated by: William Joyce and Kenny Callicutt
For Ages: 3 - 6
When a king’s pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a GIANT plan to save the kingdom—a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce and Moonbot Studios, the masterminds who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you might want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn’t rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done—his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a GIANT reason as to why there’s no water left in the kingdom...and prove that size doesn’t prevent anyone from doing something BIG.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 56 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442473508 | 
  • October 2014 | 
  • Grades P - 1 | 
  • Lexile AD480L
List Price $10.99
Available on or around October 7, 2014


William Joyce discusses The Guardians of Childhood

"A fabulous recapturing of an old, real fairytale world. Dark. Mysterious. Stunning!" --MAURICE SENDAK, Caldecott-winning creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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About the Authors

William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (Billy’s Booger; The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.



Moonbot Studios is a secret, zero-gravity colony in Shreveport, Louisiana, inhabited by interstellar beings. Their mission is to create imaginative books, films, apps, games, and entertainment in this—and any other—dimension. Come see at MoonbotStudios.com!