Reading time: < 1 min

No one likes to discourage a child’s imagination, but when Jack uses everyone’s prized possessions to build a fort in the living room, trouble ensues. He is proud of his accomplishment.  His sister, however, needs her chair back; Dad wants to read his books; his teenage sister needs the shower curtain; and Mom can’t make the beds without sheets and pillows.

Just when Jack thinks he might salvage his castle, a cold Grandma arrives looking for her quilt. Still, grandmothers have a way of understanding when no one else does. Quilts – like love – can be shared.

Preschoolers and primary grade students will be entertained by a feisty young boy who dreams of knights and sword fighting – and relate to being at odds with older siblings who have outgrown his fantasies. Brett Helquist’s illustrations are colorful and lively, capturing Jack’s adventuresome spirit.

Jennifer Minicus is a teacher living in New Jersey.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making jam and drinking coffee. She has been evaluating children's literature since 2001 and conducts summer book clubs for elementary school students. Although her favorite place to read is the beach, she is more often seen with a book in school parking lots, doctors' offices and little league baseball games.