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Elliot and the Goblin War (Underworld Chronicles) by [Nielsen, Jennifer A.]
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From School Library Journal

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040RKX3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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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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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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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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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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Elliot wasn't known as a hero - he was usually the one getting beat up. He never knew that an act of kindness on Halloween would lead him to a destiny he never could have imagined.

The Brownies and the goblins have been at war for a VERY long time. And it's not just any war, if the brownies lose - they are eaten like the tasty treats they sound like. When the old ruler dies, someone must step in and fill in to lead the brownies to victory. Here comes Elliot. Savior of the day!

This book was a cute read. I felt it lacked some of the depth seen in today's YA/MG books, most of the plot was fairly superficial, but the characters were cute and the bad guys were defeated, which is always the best part of this type of book. I did have a hard time connecting with most of the characters, even Elliot himself seemed a little flat.

I would recommend this to younger boy readers who may be reluctant to read, because I think the humor in this caters more to their style. Girls will enjoy it as well, the female brownie in this is a likeable character, but I see this being a book more boys can relate to.
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