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Jak and her robotic servant, Cow, are in a pickle; Mom wants Jak to sell Cow for scrap, but Cow and Jak have become best friends. So instead of selling the rusty old robot for spare change, Jak strikes a bargain with the scrap collector: if Jak and Cow can visit the Cloud Kingdom via the Space Elevator and get hold of some magic nano-beans, Jak can keep Cow safe and sound. Jak and her robotic servant, Cow, are in a pickle; Mom wants Jak to sell Cow for scrap, but Cow and Jak have become best friends. So instead of selling the rusty old robot for spare change, Jak strikes a bargain with the scrap collector: if Jak and Cow can visit the Cloud Kingdom via the Space Elevator and get hold of some magic nano-beans, Jak can keep Cow safe and sound. But what they find in space is anything but safe--and its sounds are far from soothing...


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Jak and her robotic servant, Cow, are in a pickle; Mom wants Jak to sell Cow for scrap, but Cow and Jak have become best friends. So instead of selling the rusty old robot for spare change, Jak strikes a bargain with the scrap collector: if Jak and Cow can visit the Cloud Kingdom via the Space Elevator and get hold of some magic nano-beans, Jak can keep Cow safe and sound. Jak and her robotic servant, Cow, are in a pickle; Mom wants Jak to sell Cow for scrap, but Cow and Jak have become best friends. So instead of selling the rusty old robot for spare change, Jak strikes a bargain with the scrap collector: if Jak and Cow can visit the Cloud Kingdom via the Space Elevator and get hold of some magic nano-beans, Jak can keep Cow safe and sound. But what they find in space is anything but safe--and its sounds are far from soothing...

30 review for Jak and the Magic Nano-beans: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    Now, this is fuel for my Far Out Fairy Tales obsession. Jak, a girl in this version with a very funky hairdo, has been told by her internet obsessed mother (well, her avatar anyway) that she has to sell her best friend Cow, a robot, for parts to the scrap man. The scrap man makes a deal with Jak to save Cow and possibly even the planet, but it means a trip to the space station at the top of the elevator to Cloud Kingdom to find some magic nano-beans. Jak and Cow actually have personalities!! Natu Now, this is fuel for my Far Out Fairy Tales obsession. Jak, a girl in this version with a very funky hairdo, has been told by her internet obsessed mother (well, her avatar anyway) that she has to sell her best friend Cow, a robot, for parts to the scrap man. The scrap man makes a deal with Jak to save Cow and possibly even the planet, but it means a trip to the space station at the top of the elevator to Cloud Kingdom to find some magic nano-beans. Jak and Cow actually have personalities!! Naturally Jak’s mother’s avatar looks nothing like her and she calls at the most inconvenient times, which was part of the humour of the story for me. There’s a monstrosity of a space octopus type creature that stands in for the giant in the original fairy tale. The most fun of all was the use of the word scrap, which will never be the same after you read this graphic novel. My favourite was “Holy Scrap!”, although “What the scrap?!” also deserves a mention. The illustrations were just as fun as the story, with Jak’s personality coming alive with her expressions. The different colours used for the locations helped set the tone for each part of the story. This story had a bit of everything I look for in a graphic novel - characters with personalities, adventure, humour, danger and some good ol’ quirky bits. There weren’t any boring sections in the story and I followed along without having to reread sections to work out what I missed. I’d happily reread this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    It's a cute twist on the traditional fairy tale. I personally like how Jack is "Jak", a somewhat sassy girl with punk hair and a couple of earrings. A fun, quick (very short story) read. It's a cute twist on the traditional fairy tale. I personally like how Jack is "Jak", a somewhat sassy girl with punk hair and a couple of earrings. A fun, quick (very short story) read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Jak lives in a post-apocalyptic Earth that is mostly evacuated. The space elevator that humans used to evacuate is still there, but it hasn't worked in years. When the Scrap Collector comes to collect Jak's beloved robot Cow, he offers her an alternative. Use some nano-beans to upgrade Cow, go to the long abandoned hub at the top of the space elevator where Scrap believes there are more nano-beans to be had, bring them back to Scrap and Cow can be hers. Jak decides to give it a shot, but no one Jak lives in a post-apocalyptic Earth that is mostly evacuated. The space elevator that humans used to evacuate is still there, but it hasn't worked in years. When the Scrap Collector comes to collect Jak's beloved robot Cow, he offers her an alternative. Use some nano-beans to upgrade Cow, go to the long abandoned hub at the top of the space elevator where Scrap believes there are more nano-beans to be had, bring them back to Scrap and Cow can be hers. Jak decides to give it a shot, but no one is prepared for what is really in the space elevator. Definitely the most imaginative Jack and the Beanstalk retelling I've ever come across. The space elevator replaces the bean stalk. A robot replaces the cow. And a huge space monster replaces the giant. As for the treasures Jak finds, I'll leave that up to you to find out when you read it. Very creative. I liked this dystopian space monster tale much better than the original fairy tale. Some of the text was a little challenging because one of the characters has a single word vocabulary (kind of like Groot) but I do like that the back of the book has a section on how to use context clues to figure out what is meant each time it says something. If you're comparing different tellings of Jack and the Beanstalk, this would be a very fun retelling to include. Also great pick for scifi middle grade fans. Notes on content: Some kids may find the worm-like monster with tentacles and lots of teeth a little scary. It is only trying to eat robots mostly though. It gets swept out into space eventually.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    This is a fractured fairytale version of Jack and the Beanstalk, where it's set in the future and Jak and Cow are living on a dying Earth. Jak's mother is making her trade in her Cow robot for parts because they need the money. Instead the tradesman gives Jak nanobot 'beans' to repair Cow so she can go up the elevator into the clouds and retrieve more for the tradesman. When she and Cow reach their destination, they find something they weren't expecting. Can they make it back to Earth alive and This is a fractured fairytale version of Jack and the Beanstalk, where it's set in the future and Jak and Cow are living on a dying Earth. Jak's mother is making her trade in her Cow robot for parts because they need the money. Instead the tradesman gives Jak nanobot 'beans' to repair Cow so she can go up the elevator into the clouds and retrieve more for the tradesman. When she and Cow reach their destination, they find something they weren't expecting. Can they make it back to Earth alive and save everyone? This idea for updating this fairytale was cool. I liked the illustrations and I think kids who are into space and robots would like this. It's really short, so it won't take too long to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarri

    Jak on tässä tarinassa näpsä tyttö, jonka paras ystävä on robotti nimeltään Cow. Jakin äiti vaatii Jakia myymään Cow'n romumetalliksi. Onneksi paikalle sattuu tyyppi, joka tarjoaa Jakille taikananopapuja sillä ehdolla, että Jak hakee pilvihissillä niitä lisää. Scifitwistillä puristettu tarina Jaakosta ja taikapavuista on ihan hauska, etenkin, kun päähenkilö onkin tyttö. Jak on tässä tarinassa näpsä tyttö, jonka paras ystävä on robotti nimeltään Cow. Jakin äiti vaatii Jakia myymään Cow'n romumetalliksi. Onneksi paikalle sattuu tyyppi, joka tarjoaa Jakille taikananopapuja sillä ehdolla, että Jak hakee pilvihissillä niitä lisää. Scifitwistillä puristettu tarina Jaakosta ja taikapavuista on ihan hauska, etenkin, kun päähenkilö onkin tyttö.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Jak has definitely modernized in this reworking of Jack and the Beanstalk. He's a she and her cow is now a robot. Together, they try to save the planet by climbing the space elevator to the space station built and abandoned many years ago. Needless to say, they save the day and return to save the planet. Great questions at the end for comprehension. Jak has definitely modernized in this reworking of Jack and the Beanstalk. He's a she and her cow is now a robot. Together, they try to save the planet by climbing the space elevator to the space station built and abandoned many years ago. Needless to say, they save the day and return to save the planet. Great questions at the end for comprehension.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    This seems to be getting mediocre reviews, but I really enjoyed this little re-telling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Had I read it purely on my own, I might have given it one less star, but reading it with my 7 year-old increased the enjoyment because he loved it so much.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louie Van deven

    Interesting retelling of a classic. My daughter loved it. Gonna check out some more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I quite liked the premise, but the execution was lacklustre for me. Just not long enough, and not enough trickery on Jack's part. I quite liked the premise, but the execution was lacklustre for me. Just not long enough, and not enough trickery on Jack's part.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A fun twist on the classic tale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kamoir Johnson

    The book was great well I didn't finish it the pages I read was good I liked the beginning. The book was great well I didn't finish it the pages I read was good I liked the beginning.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Favour

    A bit cobbled together, but really pretty art style.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina Bartell

    My students loved it. A great twist on fairy tales!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Haley Hoenke

    #reading

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colette

    Fast-paced, brightly colored, but the story is incomplete. They found the nanobots, but they still did not repair Cow so they could return home to save their planet. I guess that part is left up to the imagination. I guess I was expecting a greater connection between Jack and the Beanstalk and this story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    This was an interesting take on this fairy tale.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AbsentLibrarian

    A modern take on the classic fairy tale moves Jak to a high tech space society where the familiar fairytale is redressed with nanobots for beans, robots for cows and a space monster for a giant. The graphic novel is followed by a quick retell of the original story, a guide that compares parts of the original tale to this new version, a glossary of terms and visual questions to promote comprehension. The artwork is bold and lively. The empowerment of the main characters and transformation to intell A modern take on the classic fairy tale moves Jak to a high tech space society where the familiar fairytale is redressed with nanobots for beans, robots for cows and a space monster for a giant. The graphic novel is followed by a quick retell of the original story, a guide that compares parts of the original tale to this new version, a glossary of terms and visual questions to promote comprehension. The artwork is bold and lively. The empowerment of the main characters and transformation to intelligent heroes in the modern telling is appealing to readers looking to play the role of hero (or anti-hero). A quick read, this is also great for burgeoning or reluctant readers. My staff is enjoying the re-imaging as well! Part of the Far Out Fairy Tales series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    In this gender bent retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, the cow is switched for a robot- model CDW-12 - and instead of magic beans, Jak receives special nano-beans that power up his robot and give it a new lease of life. Jak and Cow must travel to a new colony in the clouds to save their home planet, but first they have to defeat a giant alien that has taken over the space station. This retelling was really funny and the relationship between Jak and Cow was heartwarming (this is the most I've e In this gender bent retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, the cow is switched for a robot- model CDW-12 - and instead of magic beans, Jak receives special nano-beans that power up his robot and give it a new lease of life. Jak and Cow must travel to a new colony in the clouds to save their home planet, but first they have to defeat a giant alien that has taken over the space station. This retelling was really funny and the relationship between Jak and Cow was heartwarming (this is the most I've ever cared about the cow!). I also loved the art in this installment of the series; the colours and textures were gorgeous!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Halli

    I'm not sure why they decided to make the main character a girl, as I'm pretty sure the series appeals to girls and boys, but the updated tale was otherwise well done. This is still one if my favorite graphic novel series for young readers. I'm not sure why they decided to make the main character a girl, as I'm pretty sure the series appeals to girls and boys, but the updated tale was otherwise well done. This is still one if my favorite graphic novel series for young readers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharyl

    Another good Far Out Fairy Tale with extras at the back of the book. I didn't care for the pink and purple colors though. Another good Far Out Fairy Tale with extras at the back of the book. I didn't care for the pink and purple colors though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Exciting twist, but not as exciting as I maybe would've wanted/expected. Exciting twist, but not as exciting as I maybe would've wanted/expected.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Graphic fairy tale adaptation for grades 2- 4. The appealing illustrations are the highlight. Not my cup of tea, but I think it will be very popular with students.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Soto

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Moynihan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cara Davis

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arron Hustead

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alina Rahman

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