Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Point of View: Alternative, Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Courage, Family
Ben Hatke, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl, concludes his latest middle-grade fantasy-adventure graphic novel series, Mighty Jack, with the energetic finale to his retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.
But he and Lilly have no idea what they’ll be up against. Unfortunately, they get separated early on and have to face dangers without each other’s combined strength.
Ben Hatke mystified us with a peculiar dragon in the first book! But here… we have goblins! And a gigantic goblin king who eats little girls. So yeah, Jack better save his sister before it’s too late.
While I do believe Jack and Lilly were always meant to be a team that goes on adventures together and fight the unexpected by each other’s side, I like what the author did here.
How both characters have to individually explore the unknown, goblin-populated dimension before they could hope to see one another again. Lilly especially drew the shortest straw between the two of them, as she has been kidnapped as well!
I thought the book was even faster-paced than the first one. It’s action scene after action scene. There barely is time to stop and look around, admire the alien surroundings.
Jack has grown so much since the beginning of the first book. He is stronger, bolder, more courageous and open to the magic that is around him.
The ending made me feel really out of the loop, as I haven’t read the series the author visually references to. Though I believe I need to now. Oh dear, three more books to add.
PS. What I didn’t like was Lilly’s whining, because I don’t remember her being like that, and it’s just such a stereotype to have the girl complaining and the boy running past her without considering her words. The author redeemed himself eventually, by showing Lilly’s true strength, but I cringe as I remember that scene. ‘‘Boys will be boys’’ much??
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