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Mighty Jack Paperback – September 6, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Hatke, the author of Julia's House for Lost Creatures and the popular "Zita the Spacegirl" series, returns to the land of heroes with a modern-day reimagining of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Jack is the oldest child of a divorced single mom doing her best to keep the family fed. On a trip to the flea market, Jack's sister, Maddy, who is autistic and never speaks, convinces Jack to swap the family car for a packet of seeds. Adventure soon follows, and Jack finds himself planting a garden that produces a variety of strange and bizarre creatures, meeting the neighbor girl, dealing with his sister, and even encountering a dragon. Hatke deftly weaves in real-world issues as well, such as mother-son relationships, special-needs siblings, and divorced homes. He is in brilliant form here, balancing appropriate dialogue with vibrant, visually engaging images that move the narrative along. Those who enjoy this series starter will want to look out for Jack's future escapades. VERDICT This title will do well with graphic novel readers, fairy-tale fans, struggling readers, and anyone who enjoys good storytelling.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX
Included in School Library Journal's "Best of 2016" list.
"Ben Hatke has a knack for writing stories that focus on smart, young characters who become caught up with robots, mythical creatures, and alien invasions. Mighty Jack is no exception." ―Entertainment Weekly
"This first in a series flourishes up to its nail-biting cliffhanger: expect interest for the subsequent offering to positively bloom. Very mighty indeed."―Kirkus, starred review
"With expert visual storytelling, an empowering team of kid adventurers, and a tantalizing cliff-hanger, this series starter will easily please Hatke’s legion of followers."―Booklist
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Hatke superbly uses illustration and dialogue to quickly bring readers close to the characters. Bringing in autism and homeschooling, the author also draws in readers that don't typically see their experiences expressed through characters. The plot is a fresh twist on a classic fairy tale; we can't wait for the continuation! My kids aged 5 through 12 all read and enjoyed it...and so did I!
I enjoyed the first book better than the second because I really liked all of the character development that he did while introducing the main characters. Really cool concept for a re-make of an old classic. Superb illustrations too! Keep writing Ben Hatke!
Extra points for the wonderful and accurate depiction of a homeschooler!
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