Just by building a house, Jack is the beginning of a story that grows with each page. "This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt that lay in the house that Jack built..."
The rhyming pattern of this book is unique in that sometimes things rhyme, and other times they don't. The words flow nicely though, and the book has a nice rhythm to it, and it reads well out loud.
The illustrations in this book are very good. At times they almost look like collages, but they contain a depth and shading that collages don't have. They also are very expressive, even if they aren't completely realistic.
In short, this is a nice telling of a nursery rhyme with great pictures.