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 Why did I write Clever Jack Takes the Cake? Mostly for fun, but also because I wanted to try my hand at writing a fairy tale. I do that a lot as a writer—challenge myself to try new things—and tackling a fairy tale was definitely a new thing. So how to begin? 

I knew I wanted my story to have a classical feel, incorporating such wonderfully delicious fairy-tale elements as four-and-twenty blackbirds, enchanted forests, and hairy trolls. On the other hand, I wanted it to be totally original, a story like no other. I began writing, and within a few weeks had a tale. But let me tell you a curious truth about writers—they are the stories they write, the fictions they spin. And when I read back what I had written, I realized I had created a fairy tale about . . . me. Weird, but true! The story is filled with my favorite things—journeys and birthdays and cake. The princess, taking after my son Scott, is allergic to strawberries. And Jack? Just like me, he good-naturedly follows life’s road, gathering experiences he can spin into tales.

Spinning experiences into tales is what I did with The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, too. I visit lots of school, and there’s nothing I like better than talking with kids, watching them in the lunchroom or on the playground, reading their essays and stories, listening to them tell jokes. And all the while I’m doing these things, I’m thinking about how I can use them in a book. Let me give you an example. A few years ago, I was visiting a school in Tennessee when a fifth-grade boy came up to me and said, “Look what I can do.” He stuck out his tongue, crossed his eyes and wiggled his ears – first the left one, and then the right one. I was impressed—but I hadn’t seen anything yet! Within seconds, the rest of the fifth graders surround me. Everyone, it seemed, had some special body trick to show me—double-jointed fingers and toes, eyelids that folded, lips that could be pulled up over noses, knuckles that cracked to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” It was absurd and wonderful, and I knew I had to write about it. The result? Chapter five titled, “Hyper . . . Um . . . Hypermob . . . Um . . . Weird Body Tricks.”

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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming 052564654X 9780525646549 The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh
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Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming 0823442853 9780823442850 Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
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Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine) by Candace Fleming 0374309221 9780374309220 Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine)
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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming 0689831528 9780689831522 Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
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Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming 0374399085 9780374399085 Papa's Mechanical Fish
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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming 0689874790 9780689874796 Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!
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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming 0375842713 9780375842719 Oh, No!
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Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming 1416958320 9781416958321 Lowji Discovers America
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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming 1984852043 9781984852045 Oh, No!
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Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming 0374380503 9780374380502 Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale
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Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming 0375849793 9780375849794 Clever Jack Takes the Cake
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Emma's Circus by Candace Fleming 0374399077 9780374399078 Emma's Circus
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Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming 0385386540 9780385386548 Imogene's Last Stand
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Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming 0375866485 9780375866487 Go Sleep in Your Own Bed
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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming 1416954031 9781416954033 Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!
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When Agnes Caws by Candace Fleming 0689851189 9780689851186 When Agnes Caws
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Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming 1416954023 9781416954026 Seven Hungry Babies
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Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming 0375836071 9780375836077 Imogene's Last Stand
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Gabriella's Song by Candace Fleming 0689809735 9780689809736 Gabriella's Song
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Bulldozer's Big Day by Candace Fleming 1338095935 9781338095937 Bulldozer's Big Day
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Who Invited You? by Candace Fleming 1442402199 9781442402195 Who Invited You?
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Who Invited You? by Candace Fleming 0689831536 9780689831539 Who Invited You?
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When Agnes Caws by Candace Fleming 0689814712 9780689814716 When Agnes Caws
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