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Gr 3-6–This lighthearted fantasy approaches the world of goblins, brownies, and demons with tongue planted firmly in cheek. On Halloween night, eight-year-old Elliot Penster saved a little girl from having her candy stolen by two bullies. Unbeknownst to our hero, she was a magical creature known as a brownie, and the bullies were beastly goblins. With his simple act, Elliot set off a war between these two factions in their Underworld home. Fast forward three years and the brownies are losing badly. When their queen passes away, Elliot, remembered for his former bravery, is chosen king. The first order of business? End the war with the goblins, and keep himself (and his family) alive. While Elliot succeeds in bringing peace, the “Book 1” on the cover ensures that the story will continue. The pacing is brisk, with short chapters to hold readers' interest. Main characters are well developed. The narrator has a gleefully odd (and occasionally sarcastic) sense of humor, opening the book with a warning to readers and sprinkling cheeky asides throughout the story. Themes of growing up and coming into one's own add depth. Occasional full-page illustrations in black and white are sometimes creepy and sometimes grotesque in a funny sort of way, adding to the story's tone. While the book doesn't stand out in a crowded fantasy landscape, it will likely please young fans of the genre looking for something with a lighter mood.–Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This opens with a warning: only seven children who have read this book lived to tell about it. In truth, this is more silly than scary, though kids might like that, too. Elliot is out trick-or-treating one Halloween night when he runs into a girl in an elf costume being chased by goblins. As it turns out, she really is an elf—well, actually a brownie—and the goblins are after her. For reasons that involve the delicious taste of brownies, the encounter leads to a war launched by the goblins against the brownies, into which the human Elliot finds himself dragged. In fact, he becomes king of the brownies and thus responsible for their welfare. Oh dear. Funny names (Fudd Fartwick, Tubs Lawless) and unexpected events (almost being scared to death) tumble through the pages, and Nielsen writes about them with tongue in cheek. Elliot and the goblin on the cover should draw ’em in. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper

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  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040RKX3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a perpetually muddy dog. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. At one time or another she has been a high school debate coach, theater director, daycare worker, and worked at an assembly of odd jobs so insignificant they didn't even deserve job titles.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book on the table on a quiet weekend morning. The artwork caught my attention. The first chapter captivated me. This may be a children's book, but the comedic commentary left me laughing out loud. Even though I am an attorney, it was most delightful to escape into the world of Brownies and Goblins. Recommended for readers of all ages! No parent can read this to a child without interrupting the story with your own laughter. You will want to share this with all of your children and their friends - and your own. A delightful creation!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chantelle L Pacheco on November 9, 2010
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Loved Elliot and the Goblin wars. It is perfect for that Beginning novel reader. It is smart and funny enough to keep an adult engaged. 100% better than so much drivel at this reading level. Be prepared to laugh out loud and wonder over and over again.... How did she come up with this stuff!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Maurer on January 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I breezed through this novel. A good goblin story. One that provides some good humor and enough action to hold the interest of ages 9-12. The illustrations are fantastic and this book provided just the right mix of many facets to keep me reading. There were times when the writing/narrator would stop and talk directly to the reader which some people find annoying. I think it was used properly for this story to help keep the story moving and adding some funny moments.

Elliot makes a great hero. He is just a typical boy who happens to find himself involved in a world of goblins and Brownies(nice creatures). There are several other creatures like the hag who are just so ugly you have to laugh when she talks about how beautiful she is.

I think this could be a series that many students get involved with. I know the sequel is coming in May. I wish this author much success as I think she has the skill to write a good story. I will be interested in seeing what else she comes up with next.

If you like a light hearted monster story with a bit of action and humor, then this book is right up your alley. At 180 pages it is just the right length to hold your interest and give enough detail to suck you in to the underworld.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Elliot and the Goblin War, Book 1, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, is an outstanding book about an underworld of "do-good Brownies" and the cruel Goblins who wish to eat them. But when Elliot, a young human boy, becomes king of the Brownies, an evil Brownie named Fudd Fartwick wishes to kill King Elliot to take the throne for himself. So Fudd and the Goblins join up to try and kill the human boy.

I think that people would like this book because it has a lot of action. My favorite part was when Elliot's little twin brothers spray water at a bully that was tormenting Elliot. I think kids between the ages of 5 and 10 that enjoy fantasy fiction would like this wonderful book!

Review by Young Mensan Luke, age 9
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken J Safsten on October 30, 2010
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I'm reading this book to my kids as their bedtime story each night. They won't let me miss a night!! I'm starting to use it as leverage - "We won't have time to read 'Elliot' if you don't hurry up and get ready for bed!" You should see them hustle.

As an adult, I love the clever writing style. For my kids, it inspires their imagination and my son is constantly asking me to play 'Elliot and the Goblin War' with him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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To fully appreciate this review, you should use your best falsetto voice and sign it as loudly as you can. If objects get thrown at you, that just means ....

... that doing a humorously insane narrator is harder than it looks. The main character of this novel is a brilliantly kooky narrator, perhaps someone from the Underworld, where goblins, elves, and brownies live. From the start, the dear reader is warned in strongest terms to put down the book and run away from it. Few have the fortitude to survive its dreadful pages.

Undiscouraged, I read on. Elliot is an awkward, young, bullied boy from a poor family. But he does save a girl who happens to be a brownie, and winds up becoming the King of the Brownies a few years later. Unfortunately, the Brownies are in a war with the Goblins, and aren't faring well.

Interspersed with the already delightful story are all manner of insane pieces of advice, such as how to make the turnip juice that everyone loves (boil turnips, dump them on the kitchen floor, and collect the juice that squishes through your toes).

Another delight -- Elliot has a quirky but strong family. Tugged on my heartstrings in several places.

Great characters, great fantasty, great dialog, and an insane narrator. Oh, and great artwork, thoughout. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lundgren on October 14, 2010
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We encourage our grandchildren to read and read and read...this is a wonderful book to give as a gift or to keep at your home for them to discover. If your child/grandchild is starting into chapter books, this is perfect. It moves quickly and smoothly. I bought one and left it on the kitchen counter. In the past week it has been passed to three grandchildren...one who couldn't put it down. I knew this was a great read when we saw our grandson balancing the book with one hand while eating his cereal with the other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Harvey on July 25, 2011
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A seriously hilarious new addition to an action-packed fantasy adventure. I love that the narration is so tongue and cheek and warns you away from the novel altogether - reminds me a bit of Lemony Snicket's series in that aspect. I think this new series has everything kids want, something gross, something hilarious and something full of adventure. Definitely a series I will be recommending to my students.
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