First published in England in 1807, the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk was already in existence sometime before this in oral versions. A burlesque of the story has been published in 18th Century, and the giant’s “Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum!” was included in William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Far from being moralized in its original version, the tale narrates the story of Jack, who accepts to trade his cow with five magic beans. Jack’s mother is angered that he had not obeyed her instructions to sell the cow, but the beans happen to be actually magic, and a gigantic beanstalk grows in their place by morning... The author of this original tale was probably British or German. The tale itself is part of a tradition of fairy tales that celebrate the hero’s unscrupulous shrewdness. Harriet Russell studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. She collaborates with publishers and newspapers such as Penguin, The Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Random House, Phaidon and many others. She lives and works in London. “Jack and the Beanstalk” is her fourth book for Corraini, after “A is for rhinoceros”, “A colouring book for the lazy” and “The utterly pointless counting book”.