The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and

The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and

The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood ➛ [KINDLE] ❅ The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood By Cameron Dokey ➥ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother s tales of life in the World Above Gen is skeptical, but adventurous Jack believes the stories and trades the family cow for magical beans Gen and Above:A Retelling eBook ´ her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother s tales of life in the World Above Gen is skeptical, but adventurous Jack The World PDF/EPUB ² believes the stories and trades the family cow for magical beans Their mother rejoices, knowing they can finally return to their royal homeWhen Jack plants the World Above:A Retelling PDF ´ beans and climbs the enchanted stalk, he is captured by the tyrant who now rules the land Gen sets off to rescue her brother, but danger awaits her in the World Above For finding Jack may mean losing her heart.


10 thoughts on “The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood

  1. Valerie Valerie says:

    Jack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huhIs what I thought when I first heard about this retelling However, it worked nicely into this book Jack has a twin sister and her name is Gen and she helps quite a bit in the success of her brother I like it that Gen isn t one of those who seek out adventure A reluctant heroine if you will While Gen is practical and dependable Jack is spontaneous and erratic So when it is Jack who brings home the magic beans he isthan ready to climb up to the Jack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huhIs what I thought when I first heard about this retelling However, it worked nicely into this book Jack has a twin sister and her name is Gen and she helps quite a bit in the success of her brother I like it that Gen isn t one of those who seek out adventure A reluctant heroine if you will While Gen is practical and dependable Jack is spontaneous and erratic So when it is Jack who brings home the magic beans he isthan ready to climb up to the world above But things go wrong and Gen must eventually go rescue him.What I like about the series is that the books are short and sweet Although sometimes I wish the plots and characters weredeveloped, it s refreshing to not have to read so much about all the world building that other fantasy books usually do Dokey makes it very uncomplicated and easy There is a World Above past the clouds Never mind that it s supposed to be cold up there and the air is supposed to be thin, there are people living up there period But don t get the wrong idea, I love fantasy and the world building is usually very fun It s just a nice change.Loved the whole bit on Robin Hood in the story


  2. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Were you aware that Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, had a twin sister named Gen Or that the tears their mother cried when Jack traded their cow for magic beans were actually tears of joy Or that she was an exiled Duchess from the World Above And that Gen the practical twin is actually the heir to that magical realm I liked the practical twin sister spin on this story And that, for once, I didn t totally despise Jack.


  3. Cara Cara says:

    Long sigh What can I say Well that this is one of my new favorites in the series I was wondering how they were gonna pull this one off because the protagonist are always females andJack and the Beanstalkis known to have a male lead As always the series put their twist on it so we could see the real story Gen and Jack are twins and live on a farm with their mother trying to scrape by Gen is the pratical twin and Jack is the adventuresome one The other big difference between the tw Long sigh What can I say Well that this is one of my new favorites in the series I was wondering how they were gonna pull this one off because the protagonist are always females andJack and the Beanstalkis known to have a male lead As always the series put their twist on it so we could see the real story Gen and Jack are twins and live on a farm with their mother trying to scrape by Gen is the pratical twin and Jack is the adventuresome one The other big difference between the two is that Jack has always believed in the World Above The World Above is a magical place and since Gen was a little girl she can remember being told of how her mother had escaped down a beanstalk and began her life in the World Below Gen s mother has always wanted to go back, and the opportunity arises when Jack trades their cow for a few magical beans As you can guess these are the beans that will give them the chance to go back to their real home, The World Above Now Gen can only come to the realization that the bedtime stories were all true Jack being the adventuresome one is the first to go, but soon enough sensible Gen has to go help her brother got out of a huge mess Along the way she meets some great characters and together they figure out how to make things right.I really enjoyed the little tidbits that let us see the link to the original tale and we also see references to another well known story The series is a little predictable, but I simply love all the stories Sometimes the short length doesn t bother me, but this one I did get a little bothered because I could see the potential for this to be a great full fleged novel I wold have simply eaten it up Still recommended and will be awating eagerly for the next one they come up with Hopefully there is enough fairy tales to keep them busy


  4. Jojobean Jojobean says:

    This was a cute quick retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.This book differs from the fairytale in that Jack is not the main character and not the one who saves the day His twin sister Gen, is the main character She is practical, quick thinking and a planner a total opposite of her brother Jack who is impulsive and often finds himself in trouble Gen and Jack grew up on their mother s tales of her life in the world above where she was basically royalty Gen doesn t really believe her mom s sto This was a cute quick retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.This book differs from the fairytale in that Jack is not the main character and not the one who saves the day His twin sister Gen, is the main character She is practical, quick thinking and a planner a total opposite of her brother Jack who is impulsive and often finds himself in trouble Gen and Jack grew up on their mother s tales of her life in the world above where she was basically royalty Gen doesn t really believe her mom s stories but Jack does wholeheartedly So of course when he meets someone who will give him magic beans to the world above, he trades the family cow for them And he is the first one to climb the beanstalk to the world above while his mother and sister stay in the world below And there are giants and the 3 things Jack steals in the original fairytale play a part but thats where the similarities end The reason why Jack and Gen were born in the real world has to do with..yup you guessed it.love, betrayal and murder Obviously if Gen s mother was royalty so was their father and by blood they are too So going up the beanstalk is a matter of getting back what rightfully belongs to Gen s family So Jack goes up the beanstalk a few times and the last time he goes up he goes to try to take back what s his So of course he gets captured by the tyrant who rules there and it falls on Gen s shoulders to save him I like Gen Like I said she is very practical, level headed, quick thinking and a planner She is deeply rooted to the world below and has no desire to rule over anything or to even live in the world above Its only because of her brother that she goes up the beanstalk Doing this also shows how brave and loyal Gen is to the people she cares about She s willing to risk her life to save her brother Jack was a bit annoying He wasn t in the book for the most part but when he was he was impulsive, a dreamer, a risk taker and kind of a stereotypical dumb blond He slike Oh your so pretty when he does things I also didn t care for how he was obviously their mothers favorite child There were also a few other characters that I liked I liked Shannon who is the giant Sean s normal sized sister She was exactly like Gen practical, level headed andcautious that her brother who was a lot like Jack I also liked Robin Robert who was the tyrant s son Circumstances led him to be an outlaw in his father s land He had the love of the people and would rob his father s rich men to give it to the poor He was in essence, a Robin Hood He and Shannon help Gen save Sean and Jack.Of course there was romance between Gen and Robin It was insta love, which I hate but will accept in this book because it is a fairytale fairytales can get away with that I mean there was attraction between them but nothingand the next thing you know they are madly in love Whatever, I saw it coming so it didn t shock me Robin and Gen were cute together I wish the book was a little longer and hadromance involved I would of liked to see Robin and Gen get to know each otherAlso the ending was a bit anti climatic The villain gave up way to easily I was kinda disappointed Oh well This review is also posted on The Book Owl Extraordinaire


  5. ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω says:

    I meant to read this book years ago when I was really into this series, but got sidetracked with other things Back then I may have really liked this book, but it s hard to tell if age time make that much difference when reading these books Some of them I ve loved dearly, but the later written one s just don t seem as good.The initial beginning of this book I liked very well, with thein fresh ideas of Jack and the Bean Stalk. It lent the classic take so muchdepth, and characters w I meant to read this book years ago when I was really into this series, but got sidetracked with other things Back then I may have really liked this book, but it s hard to tell if age time make that much difference when reading these books Some of them I ve loved dearly, but the later written one s just don t seem as good.The initial beginning of this book I liked very well, with thein fresh ideas of Jack and the Bean Stalk. It lent the classic take so muchdepth, and characters who weren t just a flat name on paper So just for the first half of the book I d rate it 3 stars, but the latter half of the book just kind of lost me In addition to this being a retelling of just Jack and the Bean Stalk, it also introduces a tie in of Robin Hood, which in all honesty could have worked Sadly though once his story was introduced it felt like the story started to drag, plus we got the insta lovepoo going on I mean I know the fairytales, as told by Disney anyway, always had this, but just because these books are retellings of those stories I think we can dispense with that nonsense at least a little There s also the issue that Robin s character never really felt fully fledged to me Steel I foundintriguing of the two, but it s really like once we reached this point in the book the author got tired of fleshing out her characters Plus there were some really cheesy points that I just couldn t take lol So overall, good first half, but kind of a poor, unrealistic finish view spoiler Duke Guy being this despotic dictator have up too easily at the end to be believable like everyone then got on merrily But if a lackluster finish in my honest opinion Duke Guy just felt so lame at the end, though I know it s supposed to be a happy moment between father son, it just needed a longer time to get there instead of this rush job hide spoiler All that considered, I m feeling generous and think I ll give this book 2.5 stars


  6. Melanie Melanie says:

    After being disappointed with the last Cameron Dokey book I read, I was glad that this book was much better The story was neat in that it retold the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk AND Robin Hood together I really liked that Overall, the story was interesting and a good read.


  7. Anna Marie Anna Marie says:

    My daughter LOVED this book, and gave it to me with such excitement I hate to give it two stars, quite honestly But I have to be honest Cameron Dokey is not my favorite author, and I didn t think this was a stellar book.It s the re telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, except that it s Jack and his twin sister Gen and the handful of beanstalks Yes, it has the goose that lays golden eggs, but Dokey did NOTHING with it Yes, it has the bag of money, but Dokey does NOTHING with that, ei My daughter LOVED this book, and gave it to me with such excitement I hate to give it two stars, quite honestly But I have to be honest Cameron Dokey is not my favorite author, and I didn t think this was a stellar book.It s the re telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, except that it s Jack and his twin sister Gen and the handful of beanstalks Yes, it has the goose that lays golden eggs, but Dokey did NOTHING with it Yes, it has the bag of money, but Dokey does NOTHING with that, either Yes, it has a giant, but she does very little with him, either Instead, disliking the elements of the faerie tale that it was, she changes it out for Robin Hood Which works, but not well.Jack and Gen s mother lived in the castle in the world above, until a neighboring ruler attacked, killed her husband the king, and took over She escaped to the world below with the help of an old woman named Rowan with nothing, and became a farmer, a pregnant one all alone like it s believable that a woman in her dire straits would give birth to TWINS alone, have the wherewithal to take care of them AND run a farm by herself Impossible.Years later, Jack gets the beans from who knows who, and it s TIME to go back up Is the woman who gave him the beans Rowan Dokey never tells us what happened to Rowan, either Jack befriends Sean the giant , decides to try to steal the harp from the usurper king to prove he s rightful heir to his father s kingdom and HOW would that prove it, honestly and instead Jack gets captured Yet the giant gets away So Gen has to go up and rescue her brother On her way to the usurper s castle, she has to travel thru a woods, and Robin Hood swoops out of the trees, waylaying her Turns out, he s the usurper s noble and honorable son, robbing from the rich to feed the poor And the King has an archery tournament to lure his son out the winner deciding the fate of Jack.It Was Lame Everything was reasoned out, there was too much talking, no chemistry between Robin and Gen, and who the HECK knows what happens at the end to Jack, as Gen and Robin take over the usurper kingdom, and Mama gets back her kingdom And nobody chops down the last beanstalk, so there s an open portal left there, in the end.I was not impressed At all Someone needs to write a less Robin Hood y version, and have the giant fall for Jac queline Now THAT would be a good story This Was a hodge podge, loose ended MEH of a read


  8. Jerome Jerome says:

    A fun read The world Above is an imaginative and fresh retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk Dokey proves herself a clever writer with the rearrangement of the old tale to accommodate a spunky, if not reluctant, heroine and two different worlds one Above , and one Below Like with many fairy tales, the true love happens with a snap of the finger, unexpected heroes and heroines nobly rise to the occasion, and the villain is quick to admit his mistakes and accept defeat when cornered Noneth A fun read The world Above is an imaginative and fresh retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk Dokey proves herself a clever writer with the rearrangement of the old tale to accommodate a spunky, if not reluctant, heroine and two different worlds one Above , and one Below Like with many fairy tales, the true love happens with a snap of the finger, unexpected heroes and heroines nobly rise to the occasion, and the villain is quick to admit his mistakes and accept defeat when cornered Nonetheless, all of the favorite elements of the story are present, and with a smart ending and a lesson on nobility and love and faith, The World Above is a great story for readers in want of a storyinvolved and complicated than the simple fairy tale.Also, Gen meets Robin, a prince who lives in the forest, steals from the rich and gives to the poor That s right, Robin Hood meets Jack in the Beanstalk.I must say at first I was a little irritated, but soon I was delighted The stories mesh seamlessly, and no mention of Robin Hood, Merry Men, or Little John, is anywhere in the book For some reason, that satisfied me Dokey s writing is, as always, smooth and flowing She masterfully creates a vision with only a few sentences Gen is a serious young woman who points out her own flaws and does not apologize for them The characters are interesting, the story is short and sweet Nicely done


  9. Mara Mara says:

    Gen is a wonderfully upbeat heroine who doesn t allow her skepticism get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done She s practical and blessedly admits when she is wrong, rather than hanging on to denial for the entire duration of the story The contrast between her and her twin brother add much to the believability of their relationship, and gives them both a very distinct personality.Adding onto this is the combination of a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood, which Gen is a wonderfully upbeat heroine who doesn t allow her skepticism get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done She s practical and blessedly admits when she is wrong, rather than hanging on to denial for the entire duration of the story The contrast between her and her twin brother add much to the believability of their relationship, and gives them both a very distinct personality.Adding onto this is the combination of a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood, which are two stories that interact beautifully in The World Above For once, I actually liked Robin The Author plays cleverly upon all elements of both stories giants, Sherwood Forest, the archery contest and even integrates different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk into the storyline with incredible smoothness.The story opens with Gen saying how her story is farinteresting than any Jack and the Beanstalk the Reader has read she s right The World Above is, from beginning to end, farinteresting and exciting and makes farsense than any version of the classic fairy tale, and Robin Hood, combined


  10. Angela Angela says:

    As with many of Dokey s other retellings, The World Above is enjoyable but too short I m familiar with very few fairy tales, this being one of them All I ever knew was Jack had a bean, he planted it, and poof , a beanstalk What happens after that, I don t have a clue That said, there wasn t anything I could expected out of the story.I found the first few pages to be somewhat confusing I had to re read it several times to understand who was who I m slow on catching on I felt that some par As with many of Dokey s other retellings, The World Above is enjoyable but too short I m familiar with very few fairy tales, this being one of them All I ever knew was Jack had a bean, he planted it, and poof , a beanstalk What happens after that, I don t have a clue That said, there wasn t anything I could expected out of the story.I found the first few pages to be somewhat confusing I had to re read it several times to understand who was who I m slow on catching on I felt that some parts were unnecessary to include, and others needed elaborating For instance, the relationship between Gen and Robin It was underdeveloped, but eh, it was alright.Gen and Jack were great characters I liked that they were opposites reasonable Gen and adventurous Jack The fact that Jack even had a sister was cool A character I really liked was Steel He s a minor character but a great addition to the story The epilogue was sweet Yay for happy endings


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10 thoughts on “The World Above:A Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood

  1. Valerie Valerie says:

    Jack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huhIs what I thought when I first heard about this retelling However, it worked nicely into this book Jack has a twin sister and her name is Gen and she helps quite a bit in the success of her brother I like it that Gen isn t one of those who seek out adventure A reluctant heroine if you will While Gen is practical and dependable Jack is spontaneous and erratic So when it is Jack who brings home the magic beans he isthan ready to climb up to the Jack and the Beanstalk with a girl, huhIs what I thought when I first heard about this retelling However, it worked nicely into this book Jack has a twin sister and her name is Gen and she helps quite a bit in the success of her brother I like it that Gen isn t one of those who seek out adventure A reluctant heroine if you will While Gen is practical and dependable Jack is spontaneous and erratic So when it is Jack who brings home the magic beans he isthan ready to climb up to the world above But things go wrong and Gen must eventually go rescue him.What I like about the series is that the books are short and sweet Although sometimes I wish the plots and characters weredeveloped, it s refreshing to not have to read so much about all the world building that other fantasy books usually do Dokey makes it very uncomplicated and easy There is a World Above past the clouds Never mind that it s supposed to be cold up there and the air is supposed to be thin, there are people living up there period But don t get the wrong idea, I love fantasy and the world building is usually very fun It s just a nice change.Loved the whole bit on Robin Hood in the story

  2. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Were you aware that Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, had a twin sister named Gen Or that the tears their mother cried when Jack traded their cow for magic beans were actually tears of joy Or that she was an exiled Duchess from the World Above And that Gen the practical twin is actually the heir to that magical realm I liked the practical twin sister spin on this story And that, for once, I didn t totally despise Jack.

  3. Cara Cara says:

    Long sigh What can I say Well that this is one of my new favorites in the series I was wondering how they were gonna pull this one off because the protagonist are always females andJack and the Beanstalkis known to have a male lead As always the series put their twist on it so we could see the real story Gen and Jack are twins and live on a farm with their mother trying to scrape by Gen is the pratical twin and Jack is the adventuresome one The other big difference between the tw Long sigh What can I say Well that this is one of my new favorites in the series I was wondering how they were gonna pull this one off because the protagonist are always females andJack and the Beanstalkis known to have a male lead As always the series put their twist on it so we could see the real story Gen and Jack are twins and live on a farm with their mother trying to scrape by Gen is the pratical twin and Jack is the adventuresome one The other big difference between the two is that Jack has always believed in the World Above The World Above is a magical place and since Gen was a little girl she can remember being told of how her mother had escaped down a beanstalk and began her life in the World Below Gen s mother has always wanted to go back, and the opportunity arises when Jack trades their cow for a few magical beans As you can guess these are the beans that will give them the chance to go back to their real home, The World Above Now Gen can only come to the realization that the bedtime stories were all true Jack being the adventuresome one is the first to go, but soon enough sensible Gen has to go help her brother got out of a huge mess Along the way she meets some great characters and together they figure out how to make things right.I really enjoyed the little tidbits that let us see the link to the original tale and we also see references to another well known story The series is a little predictable, but I simply love all the stories Sometimes the short length doesn t bother me, but this one I did get a little bothered because I could see the potential for this to be a great full fleged novel I wold have simply eaten it up Still recommended and will be awating eagerly for the next one they come up with Hopefully there is enough fairy tales to keep them busy

  4. Jojobean Jojobean says:

    This was a cute quick retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.This book differs from the fairytale in that Jack is not the main character and not the one who saves the day His twin sister Gen, is the main character She is practical, quick thinking and a planner a total opposite of her brother Jack who is impulsive and often finds himself in trouble Gen and Jack grew up on their mother s tales of her life in the world above where she was basically royalty Gen doesn t really believe her mom s sto This was a cute quick retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.This book differs from the fairytale in that Jack is not the main character and not the one who saves the day His twin sister Gen, is the main character She is practical, quick thinking and a planner a total opposite of her brother Jack who is impulsive and often finds himself in trouble Gen and Jack grew up on their mother s tales of her life in the world above where she was basically royalty Gen doesn t really believe her mom s stories but Jack does wholeheartedly So of course when he meets someone who will give him magic beans to the world above, he trades the family cow for them And he is the first one to climb the beanstalk to the world above while his mother and sister stay in the world below And there are giants and the 3 things Jack steals in the original fairytale play a part but thats where the similarities end The reason why Jack and Gen were born in the real world has to do with..yup you guessed it.love, betrayal and murder Obviously if Gen s mother was royalty so was their father and by blood they are too So going up the beanstalk is a matter of getting back what rightfully belongs to Gen s family So Jack goes up the beanstalk a few times and the last time he goes up he goes to try to take back what s his So of course he gets captured by the tyrant who rules there and it falls on Gen s shoulders to save him I like Gen Like I said she is very practical, level headed, quick thinking and a planner She is deeply rooted to the world below and has no desire to rule over anything or to even live in the world above Its only because of her brother that she goes up the beanstalk Doing this also shows how brave and loyal Gen is to the people she cares about She s willing to risk her life to save her brother Jack was a bit annoying He wasn t in the book for the most part but when he was he was impulsive, a dreamer, a risk taker and kind of a stereotypical dumb blond He slike Oh your so pretty when he does things I also didn t care for how he was obviously their mothers favorite child There were also a few other characters that I liked I liked Shannon who is the giant Sean s normal sized sister She was exactly like Gen practical, level headed andcautious that her brother who was a lot like Jack I also liked Robin Robert who was the tyrant s son Circumstances led him to be an outlaw in his father s land He had the love of the people and would rob his father s rich men to give it to the poor He was in essence, a Robin Hood He and Shannon help Gen save Sean and Jack.Of course there was romance between Gen and Robin It was insta love, which I hate but will accept in this book because it is a fairytale fairytales can get away with that I mean there was attraction between them but nothingand the next thing you know they are madly in love Whatever, I saw it coming so it didn t shock me Robin and Gen were cute together I wish the book was a little longer and hadromance involved I would of liked to see Robin and Gen get to know each otherAlso the ending was a bit anti climatic The villain gave up way to easily I was kinda disappointed Oh well This review is also posted on The Book Owl Extraordinaire

  5. ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω says:

    I meant to read this book years ago when I was really into this series, but got sidetracked with other things Back then I may have really liked this book, but it s hard to tell if age time make that much difference when reading these books Some of them I ve loved dearly, but the later written one s just don t seem as good.The initial beginning of this book I liked very well, with thein fresh ideas of Jack and the Bean Stalk. It lent the classic take so muchdepth, and characters w I meant to read this book years ago when I was really into this series, but got sidetracked with other things Back then I may have really liked this book, but it s hard to tell if age time make that much difference when reading these books Some of them I ve loved dearly, but the later written one s just don t seem as good.The initial beginning of this book I liked very well, with thein fresh ideas of Jack and the Bean Stalk. It lent the classic take so muchdepth, and characters who weren t just a flat name on paper So just for the first half of the book I d rate it 3 stars, but the latter half of the book just kind of lost me In addition to this being a retelling of just Jack and the Bean Stalk, it also introduces a tie in of Robin Hood, which in all honesty could have worked Sadly though once his story was introduced it felt like the story started to drag, plus we got the insta lovepoo going on I mean I know the fairytales, as told by Disney anyway, always had this, but just because these books are retellings of those stories I think we can dispense with that nonsense at least a little There s also the issue that Robin s character never really felt fully fledged to me Steel I foundintriguing of the two, but it s really like once we reached this point in the book the author got tired of fleshing out her characters Plus there were some really cheesy points that I just couldn t take lol So overall, good first half, but kind of a poor, unrealistic finish view spoiler Duke Guy being this despotic dictator have up too easily at the end to be believable like everyone then got on merrily But if a lackluster finish in my honest opinion Duke Guy just felt so lame at the end, though I know it s supposed to be a happy moment between father son, it just needed a longer time to get there instead of this rush job hide spoiler All that considered, I m feeling generous and think I ll give this book 2.5 stars

  6. Melanie Melanie says:

    After being disappointed with the last Cameron Dokey book I read, I was glad that this book was much better The story was neat in that it retold the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk AND Robin Hood together I really liked that Overall, the story was interesting and a good read.

  7. Anna Marie Anna Marie says:

    My daughter LOVED this book, and gave it to me with such excitement I hate to give it two stars, quite honestly But I have to be honest Cameron Dokey is not my favorite author, and I didn t think this was a stellar book.It s the re telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, except that it s Jack and his twin sister Gen and the handful of beanstalks Yes, it has the goose that lays golden eggs, but Dokey did NOTHING with it Yes, it has the bag of money, but Dokey does NOTHING with that, ei My daughter LOVED this book, and gave it to me with such excitement I hate to give it two stars, quite honestly But I have to be honest Cameron Dokey is not my favorite author, and I didn t think this was a stellar book.It s the re telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, except that it s Jack and his twin sister Gen and the handful of beanstalks Yes, it has the goose that lays golden eggs, but Dokey did NOTHING with it Yes, it has the bag of money, but Dokey does NOTHING with that, either Yes, it has a giant, but she does very little with him, either Instead, disliking the elements of the faerie tale that it was, she changes it out for Robin Hood Which works, but not well.Jack and Gen s mother lived in the castle in the world above, until a neighboring ruler attacked, killed her husband the king, and took over She escaped to the world below with the help of an old woman named Rowan with nothing, and became a farmer, a pregnant one all alone like it s believable that a woman in her dire straits would give birth to TWINS alone, have the wherewithal to take care of them AND run a farm by herself Impossible.Years later, Jack gets the beans from who knows who, and it s TIME to go back up Is the woman who gave him the beans Rowan Dokey never tells us what happened to Rowan, either Jack befriends Sean the giant , decides to try to steal the harp from the usurper king to prove he s rightful heir to his father s kingdom and HOW would that prove it, honestly and instead Jack gets captured Yet the giant gets away So Gen has to go up and rescue her brother On her way to the usurper s castle, she has to travel thru a woods, and Robin Hood swoops out of the trees, waylaying her Turns out, he s the usurper s noble and honorable son, robbing from the rich to feed the poor And the King has an archery tournament to lure his son out the winner deciding the fate of Jack.It Was Lame Everything was reasoned out, there was too much talking, no chemistry between Robin and Gen, and who the HECK knows what happens at the end to Jack, as Gen and Robin take over the usurper kingdom, and Mama gets back her kingdom And nobody chops down the last beanstalk, so there s an open portal left there, in the end.I was not impressed At all Someone needs to write a less Robin Hood y version, and have the giant fall for Jac queline Now THAT would be a good story This Was a hodge podge, loose ended MEH of a read

  8. Jerome Jerome says:

    A fun read The world Above is an imaginative and fresh retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk Dokey proves herself a clever writer with the rearrangement of the old tale to accommodate a spunky, if not reluctant, heroine and two different worlds one Above , and one Below Like with many fairy tales, the true love happens with a snap of the finger, unexpected heroes and heroines nobly rise to the occasion, and the villain is quick to admit his mistakes and accept defeat when cornered Noneth A fun read The world Above is an imaginative and fresh retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk Dokey proves herself a clever writer with the rearrangement of the old tale to accommodate a spunky, if not reluctant, heroine and two different worlds one Above , and one Below Like with many fairy tales, the true love happens with a snap of the finger, unexpected heroes and heroines nobly rise to the occasion, and the villain is quick to admit his mistakes and accept defeat when cornered Nonetheless, all of the favorite elements of the story are present, and with a smart ending and a lesson on nobility and love and faith, The World Above is a great story for readers in want of a storyinvolved and complicated than the simple fairy tale.Also, Gen meets Robin, a prince who lives in the forest, steals from the rich and gives to the poor That s right, Robin Hood meets Jack in the Beanstalk.I must say at first I was a little irritated, but soon I was delighted The stories mesh seamlessly, and no mention of Robin Hood, Merry Men, or Little John, is anywhere in the book For some reason, that satisfied me Dokey s writing is, as always, smooth and flowing She masterfully creates a vision with only a few sentences Gen is a serious young woman who points out her own flaws and does not apologize for them The characters are interesting, the story is short and sweet Nicely done

  9. Mara Mara says:

    Gen is a wonderfully upbeat heroine who doesn t allow her skepticism get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done She s practical and blessedly admits when she is wrong, rather than hanging on to denial for the entire duration of the story The contrast between her and her twin brother add much to the believability of their relationship, and gives them both a very distinct personality.Adding onto this is the combination of a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood, which Gen is a wonderfully upbeat heroine who doesn t allow her skepticism get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done She s practical and blessedly admits when she is wrong, rather than hanging on to denial for the entire duration of the story The contrast between her and her twin brother add much to the believability of their relationship, and gives them both a very distinct personality.Adding onto this is the combination of a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and Robin Hood, which are two stories that interact beautifully in The World Above For once, I actually liked Robin The Author plays cleverly upon all elements of both stories giants, Sherwood Forest, the archery contest and even integrates different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk into the storyline with incredible smoothness.The story opens with Gen saying how her story is farinteresting than any Jack and the Beanstalk the Reader has read she s right The World Above is, from beginning to end, farinteresting and exciting and makes farsense than any version of the classic fairy tale, and Robin Hood, combined

  10. Angela Angela says:

    As with many of Dokey s other retellings, The World Above is enjoyable but too short I m familiar with very few fairy tales, this being one of them All I ever knew was Jack had a bean, he planted it, and poof , a beanstalk What happens after that, I don t have a clue That said, there wasn t anything I could expected out of the story.I found the first few pages to be somewhat confusing I had to re read it several times to understand who was who I m slow on catching on I felt that some par As with many of Dokey s other retellings, The World Above is enjoyable but too short I m familiar with very few fairy tales, this being one of them All I ever knew was Jack had a bean, he planted it, and poof , a beanstalk What happens after that, I don t have a clue That said, there wasn t anything I could expected out of the story.I found the first few pages to be somewhat confusing I had to re read it several times to understand who was who I m slow on catching on I felt that some parts were unnecessary to include, and others needed elaborating For instance, the relationship between Gen and Robin It was underdeveloped, but eh, it was alright.Gen and Jack were great characters I liked that they were opposites reasonable Gen and adventurous Jack The fact that Jack even had a sister was cool A character I really liked was Steel He s a minor character but a great addition to the story The epilogue was sweet Yay for happy endings

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