The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg Book Review

The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg
Illustrations by Mark Teague
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: May 27, 2014

Here is the boy
up in the tree
where he built a house overlooking the sea.
Yes! This is the tree house that Jack built!
With ladders, swings, turrets,
and elaborate pulley systems everywhere--
animals chase one another
over, under, around, and through.
And then--the bell rings.
Where are all the animals going?

I read this book twice, once to myself and once out loud and I just couldn't get the hang of the rhyming scheme, especially in the beginning. As this is basically a rehash of The House That Jack Built, it should  already have a built in rhythm. In this version Jack builds a rather cool tree house that attracts a fly, a lizard, a parrot, and even a cat and dog that cause a lot of problems, but eventually settle down. Jack's tree house really reminded me of The Swiss Family Robinson and despite the clunky rhymes, I did love the illustrations and would have loved to live in Jack's treehouse.