JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Richard Walker, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey, read by Richard Hope
One day, when they have no food left, Jack's mum sends him to market to sell the cow. On the way, Jack bumps into a funny little man wearing a big, baggy jacket with big, baggy pockets. In the pockets lie six bewitched beans, but the funny little man has lost the instructions for them. Jack's adventure begins when he swaps his cow for six magic beans that grow to the land of the clouds.
Richard Walker was a professional storyteller who told his tales at a variety of venues from folk festivals, schools and theatres to private homes. He was also a freelance broadcaster and editor of Fact and Fiction, the storyteller's magazine. Niamh Sharkey, an award-winning Irish illustrator. She was the Laureate na nOg or Irish Laureate for Children's Literature from 2012 to 2014, and is currently the creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's television series Henry Hugglemonster, which is based on her book I'm a Happy Hugglewug. She has also illustrated Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gigantic Turnip and Tales of Wisdom and Wonder for Barefoot Books.