Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nobody likes a goblin by Ben Hatke

There aren't a lot of truly magical, as in fantasy, picture books out there but Ben Hatke seems to have caught the knack. Fun for younger kids, full of sly humor for older kids, and even more subtle jokes for the adults.

Nobody likes a goblin. But he has his friends, like Skeleton, and plenty to do in the caves. But what's a goblin to do when his best friend gets stolen? A determined goblin puts on a crown and marches out into the sunlit world to find his friend.

Unfortunately, nobody likes a goblin. He gets chased, yelled at, threatened, and finally he's trapped. Or is he? Turns out, there might be someone out there who does like a goblin after all...

Hatke's cinematic art is the perfect match for this story, which both incorporates and flips fantasy tropes. Shaded caverns, recognizable adventurers, and an adorable pop-eyed goblin, determined to save his friend, ramp through the pages. I especially liked the surprise of the fate of the girl at the end...

Verdict: A unique and delightful story, perfect to fill gaps in your collection and enjoyable for all ages.

ISBN: 9781626720817; Published June 2016 by First Second; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

1 comment:

Kate Unger said...

I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of a dungeon crawling game. We play Hero Quest with my 6 year old (using my husband's game from childhood). And the heroes matched the heroes in this book pretty well. That made it a lot of fun for Christopher and me to read together.