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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Paperback – September 5, 2017
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About the Author
Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
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This book picks up immediately after the events if the previous Mighty Jack book, do it would be helpful to read that one first. We hadn't read it in a while, but my son's were right back into the middle of Jack and Lilly's search for Maddy.
As always with Mr. Hatke's books, the art is gorgeous. The story is fun, the humour is nuanced, and the interpretation of the Jack story is fresh twist on the classic. And there are the inevitable cameos from his other works.
We picked up three copies, so that we can donate them to our library and ensure they are in circulation, but I'm sure Mighty Jack will be coming home with us again.
The narration is quick and fun, simple enough for younger readers to stay focused and committed to the storyline. One of my favorite “voices” in the novels is the goblins. While reading their dialogue I read/heard their voices sounding very similar to Yoda, which to me is a plus. Honestly, this is probably my brain being weird, but I found them delightfully strange.
However, what truly makes Might Jack and the Goblin King shine is the stunning illustrations. Every single page is jam packed with action and with color. You won’t want to take your eyes off of them, and my favorite illustrations were of the goblins themselves, especially the adorable gobblets.
(Can these gobblets be made into little stuffed animals? I totally want one..or ten.)
The story revolves around the three main characters Jack, Lilly and Maddy, but the main focus is on Jack and Lilly. They are on a mission to rescue Maddy from being fed to the Giants’ “beast” (some type of machine thingy). While on their journey they are separated and both must push ahead on their own. I like how the author incorporated the family dynamic into the story, and also the importance of being a good friend. Lilly is my new hero, I love her take charge attitude and how clever and brave she is. Both our heroes learn important lessons, but the story never comes off as being “preachy” at any point. It all occurs very naturally.
There is even a little bit of romance in the story, and it is so AWKWARD! However, it is also sweet and perfectly relatable for the newly turned teenage reader.
While you don’t have to read the first book in this series, I would recommend you do. Because it will give you some back story on our characters and from whom they got their “magic beans” from. Hopefully the next book will have some answers as to who he is. As well as a whole new adventure for our trio. I can’t wait!
If you are looking for a fun and lively graphic novel filled with adventure for a middle grade reader, look no further than these awesome Mighty Jack books. It will charm even the pickiest of readers with its beautiful illustrations and interesting creatures.
Thank you to First Second for providing me with a finished copy of Mighty Jack and The Goblin King in return for my review and participation in this blog tour.
As a fan of goblins, I was particularly interested in this one (my favorite of his still being "Nobody Likes a Goblin") and it didn't disappoint. It deftly picked up where the first book left off and jumped straight into another exciting, fast-paced adventure that didn't let up until the very end. I particularly loved the surprise epilogue, which I won't spoil here...
Overall, great writing; charming artwork; goblins; strong, likable, relatable characters; and goblins. I'm greatly looking forward to the next book.