Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout

Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout❥ [KINDLE] ❂ Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout By Janet Schulman ➢ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Jack the bum spends Halloween trying to get money for something to eat But when he wins a prize for the best costume, he donates it to UNICEF Jack the bum spends Halloween trying to get Bum and Kindle Ò money for something to eat But when he wins a Jack the PDF/EPUB ² prize for the best costume, he donates it to UNICEF. Who wouldn t long for the good old days when you could write an easy reader series about a bum a seriously homeless guy with no money Jack apparently has no mental illness nor oozing infectious disease He does have some hygiene issues, however and a heart of gold I guess all this is OK because readers are forced to endure getting hammered with Unicef propaganda. Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout is a 1977 easy reader about a homeless man named Jack who is inspired by trick or treaters to go door to door asking for money, not for UNICEF, as many of the children do, but for himself, a self described worthy cause When he is rebuffed again and again by suspicious adults who recognize that he is not a child, Jack ends up stumbling upon a costume contest, which he wins for the authenticity of his bum costume When it is revealed that he is not in fact Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout is a 1977 easy reader about a homeless man named Jack who is inspired by trick or treaters to go door to door asking for money, not for UNICEF, as many of the children do, but for himself, a self described worthy cause When he is rebuffed again and again by suspicious adults who recognize that he is not a child, Jack ends up stumbling upon a costume contest, which he wins for the authenticity of his bum costume When it is revealed that he is not in fact dressed up, there is a question of whether he should be allowed to keep the five dollar reward After some debate, Jack decides he will join in the spirit of the holiday, and he donates his winnings to UNICEF.Ordinarily, I don t like to give away endings in my reviews, but this book is so laughably odd, and so unlikely to be of interest to contemporary children that I have made an exception This post is really less of a review andof an amused meditation on how a book like this even exists.The first thing about this book that struck me as unusual is the use of an adult homeless male as its sympathetic and amusing protagonist During my childhood in the 80s, it was already commonplace to encourage kids to stay away from strangers, and today, I think many parents are evenconcerned about potential predators I can t imagine a contemporary author writing a book like this, which causes kids to sympathize with someone who poses as a trick or treating child in order to beg for money Nothing remotely untoward happens in the story, and I tend to be pretty skeptical of the paranoia surrounding stranger danger, but I couldn t help but think that this is a definite product of the 70s If this were written today, Jack would have been a child, and his big Halloween reward would have been a caring new family, not a 5 dollar bill.I was also surprised and amused by how freely politically incorrect this book is There are no euphemisms to describe Jack s station in life He is labeled a bum by the first person he panhandles I am a worthy cause, said Jack No You are a bum, said the man and is thereafter called a bum as though this is the proper word to describe the poor and or homeless I am nointerested in policing speech than I am in vilifying all strangers as potential kidnappers, but apparently even I have been conditioned to cringe at the use of a label for a marginalized person, even a label to which the character does not object in a story where the author s attitude toward said character is one of sympathy, not mockery At the same time, though, there is something refreshing about a book that doesn t take itself seriously I feel like contemporary picture books are often trying very hard this one, by contrast, barely seems to try at all The most baffling thing about this book, however, is the ending UNICEF is mentioned nearly a dozen times throughout the story, and those characters who collect money for UNICEF are clearly considered to be doing the right thing and putting others ahead of themselves But when Jack wins the costume contest and it turns out that he is the exact kind of person who could use some financial help, everyone just lets him donate his only five dollars to UNICEF This book is already so strange that I guess I didn t really expect it to teach a moral lesson, or even to make sense, but I have to wonder what the kids of the late 1970s took away from it Kirkus seemed to like it at the time, but I don t think even they would feel the same way today.Jack the Bum starred in two other easy readers Jack the Bum and the Haunted House and Jack the Bum and the UFO Alas, Open Library, where I found this book, doesn t have either of the other two, so I can only imagine how bizarre they must also be Personally, I think this one book is enough, and I enjoyed the chuckle it gave me, but I m in no hurry to pass it on to my own beginning reader Mostly, I am just entertained by the fact that there was a time when a book like this was written, published, and met with critical acclaim.This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom

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  • Hardcover
  • 55 pages
  • Jack the Bum and the Halloween Handout
  • Janet Schulman
  • English
  • 26 July 2018
  • 0688800572