Sergeant Tibbs was a queen named Lieutenant Willow in the novel.
Is that considered a double demotion?
All the information you could possibly want about Jack and the Beanstalk, including two versions of the tale, all compiled by Heidi Anne Heiner. I have a strong feeling I will be linking to her site many times over the course of this series.
Just because neither Michial or I took the time to read Der Zauberlehrling by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe doesn't mean that you shouldn't read it.
You can also read the Sorcerer's source - an ancient work called Philopseudes by Lucian of Samosata. Who knows, it might inspire you to write a fourteen stanza ballad of your own.
The Victorians invented children and disturbing children's novels.
I went ahead and included the annotated Martin Gardner version here as well, because as Michial rightly said - unless you're a Victorian or Victorian scholar, there is a lot you will miss culturally just reading the Lewis Carroll text.