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Goblins Hardcover – August 27, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545222206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545222204
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-A great romp through fantasy and fable, Goblins delivers a highly descriptive and suspenseful tale that, in the end, proves the power of friendship. The story chronicles the adventures of a too-clever-for-his-own-good goblin and a handsome but hapless hero-wannabe human as they join forces to fight a troll, rescue a princess who doesn't want to be rescued, and thwart the efforts of three inept sorcerers intent on restoring the powers of the evil Lych Lord. At times funny, at times dark, and with just enough gore to keep it interesting, Goblins is a great read.-Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Skarper, a goblin ejected by catapult from his tribe, and Henwyn, a cheese maker’s son and aspirant knight who has been cast from his home after exploding the family factory, form an unlikely duo who rescue a princess, discover hidden tunnels, and save a kingdom. This is a delightful romp through towers, passageways, marshes, and fog, with characters that are lovable but flawed, and a sense of humor that forever lurks near the surface like the troll under the proverbial (and actual) bridge. Reeve has created a charming world where location and character names—Dungnutt, Knobbler, Libnog—are only a few of the details that add snap to the story. He cracks a few stereotypes along the way, starting with a princess in middle age, rather than dewy youth, who goes by the name of Ned. Engaging, assured writing on Reeve’s part makes this an excellent read-aloud for home or school. Conflicts are resolved, but the ending is open enough that a sequel remains a welcome possibility. Grades 3-5. --Cindy Welch

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The language throughout Goblins is both robust and hilarious.
I think this book had a good mix of action and adventure and slow, mellow moments where you get a chance to really connect with the characters.
Kate I. Foley
I read it with my six year old son (and husband who listened in) and it was a great read.
K. Eckert

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sussman on May 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
The world of Coblins is brought to life with such imaginings that it not only entertains and charms - it truly seems real and makes its own inquisitive sense.
Phillip Reeve is an author of a number of award-winning books such as the Mortal Engines and Larklight series. His latest offering is mixed with bloodthirsty, squabbling, greedy and somewhat dim-witted Globins.
These Goblins live in the towers at Clovenstone keep, which are described charmingly by Reeve. The language throughout Goblins is both robust and hilarious. In a chapter called 'The Bumwipe Heaps' the crafty old Goblin Breslaw shows Skarper (the Goblin hero of the book) a pile of old mouldering books, used only - and infrequently - by other goblins to clean the places where the sun definitely doesn't shine.
Of course, there is a perilous adventure. Skarper is thrown out of the tower (off it, in literal terms!) for being "too clever by half" having annoyed King. While travelling, Skarper meets a boy called Henwyn, who is another star of this narrative. Henwyn's back story is that he has run away from his job as a cheese-maker, his need to do something, something heroic! It is his need to heroically rescue a Princess. But Princess Eluned is most reluctant and definitely does not want to be saved as she is living quite happily, thank you, with a giant. It all adds to the fun of a narrative featuring bat poo glow sticks, grumpy cloud maidens, trolls, tree-warriors and a running joke about huge, pink-frilly underpants. There are also a trio sorcerers who are bumbling, cowardly and funny. When Eluned is kidnapped by gruesome bog creatures, as an inept sorcerer says: "Our arcane wisdom gives us the ability to conceal ourselves from mortal eyes." Another explains: "He means we hid in a cupboard."
A sequel to this book is mush needed, as this tale of Goblins is an utterly charismatic delight and younglings as well old-lings alike will love it, as we did.
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By S. O'Donnell on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Both my son and daughter loved this story--as did I. My son snickered and laughed all the way through it, which is not surprising since Reeve is a master of boy humor. The world building, character development, and myriad of unexpected touches (like a middle-aged princess who doesn't actually want to be rescued) make this a delightfully fun read. My kids and I are really hoping for a sequel!
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Format: Hardcover
It’s a pity we Americans are stuck with the extremely blah generic fantasy-adventure cover, because the British edition perfectly captures the snarky, goofy fun of Reeve’s novel. The story begins with Skarper, a young goblin who’s a freak among his kind because he’s figured out how to read the worms covering the piles of bumwipe littering the communal garbage heap, hurting through the air. Readers get an amusing introduction Reeve’s fantasy world as Skarper reflects on the choices that led him to be catapulted from the highest tower of the goblin-overrun, former Castle-O-Ultimate-Evil-Doom (Lych Lord not included. For now.) to smash into the rocks below. One of the perils of too much reading is accidentally telling the goblin chief that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

The story is told from the viewpoints of a good-looking, if hapless wanna-be-hero (on the run from the disaster that blew up his dad’s cheese-making business: giant, sentient cheese is nobody’s friend, really), a middle-aged princess who doesn’t want to be rescued from the Giant, and a trio of feckless would-be-sorcerers determined to restore the rule of the long-defeated Lych Lord. There’s gore, ridiculous gross-out jokes, clever tongue-in-cheek world-building (fans of Larklight will recognize the style) and a fairly thrilling action adventure plot. Although this reviewer quite likes Reeve’s more respectable forays into adult/YA science fiction storytelling, she absolutely adores his middle-school novels. With a better cover this would be book-talking catnip, especially for boys.

Note: review originally published for the WashRag, based on a copy donated by the publisher to WashYARG.
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Format: Hardcover
Packed full of fun and adventure, any kid would enjoy Goblins and the exciting adventure of Skarper and Henwyn. Skarper has a unique voice that I immediately adored from the opening pages and his inner thoughts as he is being catapulted from his home to what he thinks will be his death. Goblins seem to be an unforgiving lot, which is unfortunate for our dear Skarper. Goblins was funny and just a bit all over the place. If your child likes fantasy this would be a good fit. My 12 year old nephews would enjoy this and I think it’s the perfect kind of book to be read aloud by a parent who does the accompanying voices. I just think the humor of the story would be better captured that way. I still chuckle at the boy named Henwyn and the Princess named Ned.

Cover – 4 stars – I actually prefer the paperback cover!
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