Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child

Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child

A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story

Worldwide Stories

Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Drawing from African, Asian and European folklore Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child: A Worldwide Jack and the Beanstalk Story retells the classic fairy tale in a single narrative through multiple world cultures.

The story of a child confronting a man-eating giant or witch is told the world over. These heroes go by many names and might be normal in size or no bigger than a thumb. Though they're often scorned for being the youngest and smallest, they're well-armed with cleverness and courage.

In this companion to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman and illustrator Julie Paschkis combine elements of this story from different traditions—Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb, Kihuo, Vasilisa—to create one narrative, one complete picture of a small boy's triumph.

Praise for Fearsome Giant, Fearless Child

"This collaboration offers a kaleidoscopic presentation of the traditional boy and giant story by collaging text fragments from different cultures’ tellings. . . These shifting elements alchemically coalesce into a sturdy plot in which the littlest and least-regarded triumphs." — Publishers Weekly

"The story is brimming with tension and adventure . . . an excellent addition to storytelling and fairy-tale collections." —School Library Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is also the author of young adult novels including Whirligig and The Mind's Eye, and middle-grade novels including Bull Run and Seedfolks. He lives with his wife in northern California.

image of Paul Fleischmano
Paul Fleischman

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Latest on Facebook