Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

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Series: Mighty Jack Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Jack's little sister Maddy is gone--carried into another realm by an ogre. When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy's captor through the portal, they are ready for anything ... except what they find in the floating crossroads between worlds.
Catalog Number: #149484
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 205 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-626-72266-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99388-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-626-72266-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99388-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016961549
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
At the end of Hatke's series starter, Mighty Jack (2016), Jack and Lily chased after the plant ogre that spirited Jack's sister, Maddy, away through a portal. The story picks up immediately afterward as Jack and Lily clamber into an utterly unknown place, where strange floating islands are connected by thick vines. Driven by the urge to rescue his sister at all costs, Jack brashly presses on, and when he and Lily get separated, he continues up the vine, while Lily finds herself among a gang of friendly goblins, though they have some ulterior motives. As he did in the first book, Hatke fills his full-bleed pages with hordes of fantastic monsters rendered in wild, organic shapes, and he further enlivens the story with snappy, comical dialogue. Well-wrought action scenes clearly depict the many battles, and swooping perspectives make the kid heroes look even more gallant. Fans of Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl series will be especially delighted by the cliff-hanger ending, which ensures many more adventures for the plucky, clever kids.
Horn Book
In pursuit of the ogre who kidnapped his sister Maddy, Jack (Mighty Jack) and his sword-wielding neighbor Lilly travel to a bizarre fantasy world. They are soon separated; Jack discovers that Maddy's life is in grave danger, while Lilly ends up in an arranged marriage to the oppressive Goblin King. Dynamic panel layouts and ever-present sound effects ("CH-CHUNK!" "SPLORT!" "FOOM") convey the non-stop action in this graphic novel.
School Library Journal
Gr 47In this follow-up to Mighty Jack, the titular character and his friend Lilly travel through a portal in search of Jack's sister, Maddy, who has been kidnapped by an ogre. The duo are separated and must battle their own monsters, helped along the way by even more winsome and fantastical creatures than in the first volume. The strong character development gives this swashbuckling, imaginative tale an air of authenticity. With each page-turn, Jack and Lilly become more well rounded and complex, and the villains become ever more daunting. The artwork is bright but never garish. Panels are incredibly action-packed but have fairly simple backgrounds, moving the plot along deftly and keeping the focus on the protagonists. Charming, spot-on dialogue personalizes the various creatures. VERDICT An exciting conclusion to a modern-day take on "Jack and the Beanstalk," this title is even stronger than the previous book. Highly recommended for libraries where the first installment is popular.Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Jack and Lilly return in a new adventure in which they must navigate a fantastic and foreign land to save Jack's autistic sister, Maddy.The story dives in where Mighty Jack (2016) had left off on a breathless cliffhanger, which finds Jack and Lilly emerging through a strange, keyhole-shaped portal in order to save Maddy from a fierce monster. Rather like Alice down the rabbit hole, the kids find themselves in an unfamiliar world where they must climb a tenuous beanstalk and face vicious, biting rats, lovably bumbling goblins, and fearsome giants. Hatke's reimagined fairy tale is a masterpiece that blends all the familiar elements of "Jack and the Beanstalk" with a decidedly fresh eye in a visually arresting graphic format. His art, brilliantly colored by Campbell and Sycamore, is vividly kinetic, taking over with many wordless action scenes that fire off with rocketlike propulsion. Though Hatke's cast is predominantly white, he gives diversity a nod with an autistic main character and defies gender convention when another female character is crowned king. Though Jack is given sole titular credit, he and Lilly share the heroic spotlight in this installment, as she is every bit as mighty and important as he. Expect demand for the next installment to be through the roof; Hatke's brilliant final scene should elicit audible exclamations from fans of his work. Another outstanding adventure from a master storyteller. (Graphic fantasy. 7-14)
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School Library Journal (Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Word Count: 2,792
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 190790 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q71784

The garden behind Jack's house has gone wild with creatures set loose by the magic beans Jack and his kid sister Maddy planted. One particularly mean creature has kidnapped Maddy and carried her off. Now Jack and his neighbor Lilly must follow her to a world between worlds beyond the vines and stalks, where giants grind the bones of human children to feed their beast in the castle up above, and a fearsome goblin king rules down below. It'll take more than Lilly's bag of concoctions and tricks, and more than one hero, to rescue Maddy, reunite Jack's family, and bring them all safely home again.


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