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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Paperback – September 5, 2017
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"Expect demand for the next installment to be through the roof; Hatke's brilliant finalscene should elicit audible exclamations from fans of his work. Anotheroutstanding adventure from a master storyteller." ―Kirkus, starred review
"The ending is an awesome surprise for Hatke fans, bringing much of his work together in one final scene, and it will ensure they will excitedly wait to follow Jack and co. on their next adventure" ―BCCB
"Full-bleedpages with hordes of fantastic monsters rendered in wild, organic shapes, and he further enlivens the story with snappy, comical dialogue." ―Booklist
"VERDICT An excitingconclusion to a modern-day take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” this title is evenstronger than the previous book. Highly recommended for libraries where thefirst installment is popular" ―SLJ
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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In this book Jack and Lilly chase the ogre who kidnapped Maddy into another dimension; a sort of floating crossworlds between the worlds. It is incredibly creative and fun to read about with lots of adventure and action.
I love Hatke’s illustration; the drawing lines are fairly simple but the color is spectacular and the creativity behind the illustration is amazing. The illustration really makes the whole amazing story come alive.
I also like there are some interesting topics covered in here. Of course this storyline continues with the importance of supporting and protecting family. It also covers some about struggling with finances, not taking things at face value, friendship and responsibility.
There is a nice big surprise at the end of the book too, which absolutely thrilled both me and my son.
Overall this was an amazing read and I loved every moment of it. This is a fantasy graphic novel that is aimed at middle grade readers but is great for readers of all ages. Everything about this graphic novel is perfect from the story to the illustration. Highly recommended.
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.
1. Lilly’s story with the goblins. At the very beginning, she and Jack get separated and she ends up rescued(?) by a clan of goblins and on the brink an arranged marriage with their king. And the goblins are this weird mix of cute and gross and sweet and disconcerting.
2. The magic eight ball and the old mustang that Lilly finds in the goblin’s junk heap. And how both of those objects come into play later on in the story.
3. That surprise ending!! I finished this book in the waiting room of doctor’s office and I embarrassed myself by squeaking loudly when I got to that page.
The Mighty Jack books have been a huge hit with my students and my kids. And I love them because they have depth paired with a lot of action and humor. So if you have kids who loved Amulet or Hilo - this would be a great series to introduce to them next.
(Excerpt from the Books Between Podcast Episode #38)
They’re super quick reads, even for my seven year old. Like, under 30 minutes quick. But he reads them over and over, so that’s how I justify the expense.