Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by First Second
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
ISBN: 1626722668 (ISBN13: 9781626722668)
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.
In Might Jack and the Goblin King, author Ben Hatke picks up where the last book concluded, sending Jack and Lilly into a confusing, tangled world, to search for Jack's autistic sister Maddy. Hatke continues to blend elements of Jack and the Beanstalk into this sequel, with fantastic visualizations of elements of a very familiar tale.
Hatke also makes it a point of answering the questions that had remained unanswered in book one - where did the seeds come from, and why were they given away? - and interweaves them into a story that will have readers thrilled that they've come along for another adventure.
With beautiful illustrations and an ending that will have readers delighted, they'll be demanding the next edition for sure. Highly recommend, full stop.
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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. benhatke.com