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13. Wicked Jack (Holiday House, 1995)
Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge & Will Hillenbrand
(Grades 2-6)

A mean old blacksmith's actions leave him unwelcomed by both Saint Peter and the Devil when he dies.

“Hillenbrand's imaginative mixed-media paintings (with smudges of coal) have thin, robust lines, angular figures, subtle colors, and a distinctive style.”


“Everything in these pictures belongs to the sphere of high comedy, and readers will hoot.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“…Jack himself is priceless, a lumbering oaf with a massive body and ridiculously delicate little feet. Hillenbrand can create figures that will provoke a laugh just by being there. All in all, a book with surefire child appeal.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal

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