Jumping Jack

jumping jackJumping Jack, a show-jumping horse, and Roger Trotter, his best friend and rider, were international champions. However, at the International Tournament of Primrose, they fall and look like very bad amateurs. They visit a veterinarian and a psychologist to discover that there is nothing wrong that would cause their problems on the course. They even try a two-week vacation. After a mishap at the next International Tournament, they invent a new style, finish the competition brilliantly, and see that Jumping Jack just needed glasses. The vividly colored gouache paintings are downright comical. On a small stool in the vet’s waiting room, Jack’s knees are up to his chest. And in the psychologist’s office, Jack lies on his back on the couch. The final spread shows Roger reading Sports Weekly and Jack reading Don Quixote, both wearing red, round spectacles. mjw
Title: Jumping Jack
Author: Germano Zullo
Illustrator
: Albertine
Publisher
: Chronicle Books
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Taylor Norman
Original Title
: Dada
Original Publisher
: Editions La Joie de lire SA, Geneva, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-4521-3152-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Author’s residence
: Switzerland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Illustrator’s residence
: Switzerland
Awards
: 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award
Subjects
: Confidence, Glasses, Horses, Show-jumping, Sports

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