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From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him on a one-way trip to outer space. While she enjoys some rare peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble, resu From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him on a one-way trip to outer space. While she enjoys some rare peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble, resulting in their exile to the dark side of the moon. After an alien chase and some snacks, Jack and Rex get blasted home to Earth. But will the Lady take naughty Jack back? Welcome to the laugh-out-loud and irreverent world of Jack, a new early reader series by the New York Times bestselling and award-winning team of Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli.


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From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him on a one-way trip to outer space. While she enjoys some rare peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble, resu From New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli, an uproarious early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog. When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him on a one-way trip to outer space. While she enjoys some rare peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble, resulting in their exile to the dark side of the moon. After an alien chase and some snacks, Jack and Rex get blasted home to Earth. But will the Lady take naughty Jack back? Welcome to the laugh-out-loud and irreverent world of Jack, a new early reader series by the New York Times bestselling and award-winning team of Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli.

30 review for Jack Blasts Off!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    Love this! Jack and Rex (his dog) learn important lessons about sharing in this fun outer space adventure - wonderful art!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Yung

    Honestly, these are just a lot of fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Jack is back (with Rex) and is being blasted into space by the old lady. They meet an alien and he brings them back to earth b/c Jack is not behaving on the dark side of the moon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R. G. Nairam

    someone from the audience: will Jack ever learn to be good? Mac: ...no.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This was the second Jack book we got for my son's birthday from my aunt. My mom purchased the first Jack book for me and my aunt bought the companion book. I was so excited to read the books, especially since I love the author and my son's name is Jack. I read both of them after his party and was appalled. The first kept calling the character "Bad Jack". I don't want to share that message with my son that he is inherently "bad" just because he does something I don't like. I thought maybe the sec This was the second Jack book we got for my son's birthday from my aunt. My mom purchased the first Jack book for me and my aunt bought the companion book. I was so excited to read the books, especially since I love the author and my son's name is Jack. I read both of them after his party and was appalled. The first kept calling the character "Bad Jack". I don't want to share that message with my son that he is inherently "bad" just because he does something I don't like. I thought maybe the second book would be different but he is still called "Bad Jack" and even is shipped to another planet by the old lady because she's tired of him. Then, what's worse, is that the aliens get tired of him and force her take him back. So no one likes Jack and he's still "bad". It is not a great message that I want my son to hear.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    The story wasn't streamlined and it didn't completely make sense, but I don't know if it is because I haven't read the first three books in the "Jack book" series or because this one tried to be funny with additional characters, but Jack didn't really deserve to get in trouble and then it feels like I lost control as a reader with the introduction of the other characters. So while I have read enough easy readers to my own boys and it's a quick read and likely will be a good choice with Jack head The story wasn't streamlined and it didn't completely make sense, but I don't know if it is because I haven't read the first three books in the "Jack book" series or because this one tried to be funny with additional characters, but Jack didn't really deserve to get in trouble and then it feels like I lost control as a reader with the introduction of the other characters. So while I have read enough easy readers to my own boys and it's a quick read and likely will be a good choice with Jack heading to space, but I did not enjoy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    Saw Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli at the National Book Festival and they read the book to me! What can be better than that?!? This book is so funny and silly. Jack is a pretty bad rabbit but I think kids are going to LOVE that (it's like how Junie B Jones is not well behaved). I'm not sure how much parents will like their kids reading this though, as the kids might pick up some bad habits from Jack. In the second book of the series, I loves the addition of the aliens. It was so fu Saw Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli at the National Book Festival and they read the book to me! What can be better than that?!? This book is so funny and silly. Jack is a pretty bad rabbit but I think kids are going to LOVE that (it's like how Junie B Jones is not well behaved). I'm not sure how much parents will like their kids reading this though, as the kids might pick up some bad habits from Jack. In the second book of the series, I loves the addition of the aliens. It was so fun when the book went something like "the alien said beep bloop" that means "go away." The book reminds me a bit of Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series where there are not a lot of words on each page, lots of repetition, and many picture clues so that the book is an easy reader without really seeming like an easy reader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Francis S. Poesy

    Starts off really funny and just keeps going. A fun early reader with Jack and his dog that is even better than the first. The Old Lady character returns and a couple new alien characters join in the fun for this space adventure.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    EVERYONE IS TERRIBLE AND IT IS WONDERFUL.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I really wanted to like this more than I did. But it rubbed me the wrong way I'm afraid. Jack isn't very likable to me (although I'm sure child readers will like him more). And the Lady sending Jack and Rex away forever because she's mad at them for destroying her books. Children are likely to see the absurdity of this situation for what it is : funny. I just didn't find it so. After landing on the moon, Jack and Rex meet an alien named Zip. It seems at first that they might be friends, but afte I really wanted to like this more than I did. But it rubbed me the wrong way I'm afraid. Jack isn't very likable to me (although I'm sure child readers will like him more). And the Lady sending Jack and Rex away forever because she's mad at them for destroying her books. Children are likely to see the absurdity of this situation for what it is : funny. I just didn't find it so. After landing on the moon, Jack and Rex meet an alien named Zip. It seems at first that they might be friends, but after Jack refuses to share his snacks, and Rex eats one of Zip's tools, Zip sends them to the dark side of the moon. At that point they encounter a scary monster and are forced to flee. Zip rescues them reluctantly and returns them to earth, where he threatens the Lady into taking them back. A book children will likely find funny even though I did not. I wouldn't mind Jack's bad behavior if I didn't get the sense that it is very deliberate, not accidental or an overabundance of enthusiasm or something. No, Jack seems to make his choices very deliberately and without remorse for his unkindness. A series that children will likely find amusing and enjoyable, but not one I feel comfortable recommending.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Even funnier and better than the first one! I love how these two challenge conventions in books for younger readers. It looks like the series has gotten mixed reviews. I wonder if we have another "Junie B scenario" on our hands. The key to this kind of humor is whether or not the intended audience are in on the joke. The Jack books are so absurd, I find it hard to believe they wouldn't be (my son would have LOVED these when he was 7) but every kid is different. That's why it's important for pare Even funnier and better than the first one! I love how these two challenge conventions in books for younger readers. It looks like the series has gotten mixed reviews. I wonder if we have another "Junie B scenario" on our hands. The key to this kind of humor is whether or not the intended audience are in on the joke. The Jack books are so absurd, I find it hard to believe they wouldn't be (my son would have LOVED these when he was 7) but every kid is different. That's why it's important for parents to be involved in what their kids are reading!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Jack misbehaves one too many times and gets sent to the moon as punishment. He meets an alien when their ships crash together. Hilarity ensues. I feel like this would be fun for school age storytime, but also a great recommendation for beginning readers. It's so silly, and Pizzoli's art really works here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Hilarious! Publication on this book was pushed back at some point, and I thought Jack was a monkey in earlier images of the series. Did they change him to a rabbit due to Jeff Mack’s Mr. Monkey series?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus For a much younger audience than Mac B: Kid Spy. Jack and Rex get sent to space by their owner because they were bad, and they meet a space alien. Told in a "Dick and Jane" style, and I'm not sure what the message is.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Early reader for the elementary level. I didn't care for the premise that Jack and Rex are banished forever. However, young readers will enjoy the humor throughout as Jack meets other characters and causes problems in space.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3 stars for this emergent reader

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    I think this is just really a series that you have to take your grownup hat off to read. I'll be interested to see what kids think!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I think its a little weird but my 6 year old liked it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

    Not a fan. Wish I was. Kids will probably like it a little bit more. But in a limited budget world, this wouldn’t be at the top of the order list.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Relyn

    I must confess, I don't really love Mac Barnett's books. I stock them in my library anyway because nearly every child I know does.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Meh. Not one of Barnett's better books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    DaNae

    Not even space has room for rudeness.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Second title in the Jack early reader series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Munro's Kids

    Jack is irreverent, funny, and sometimes downright bad! Simple text, bright illustrations keep this moving along. ~Emilee

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jared White

    Everyone is a jerk to everyone else and I wouldn't want Jack around either...but I wouldn't blast someone in to space with a one-way ticket.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annese

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara Grochowski

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

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