Jack and the Beanstalk has never been so exciting.

Title: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
Author and Illustrator: Ben Hatke
Rating: 9.5
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

Like a bolt from the blue, 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 waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters—as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.

But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

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.

What I Thought:

Well, I’m totally in love with everything that Ben Hatke does. My daughter and I loved the first book in the Mighty Jack Series, and Nobody Likes a Goblin is one of my absolute favourite children’s books.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is another incredible story from Hatke. While you don’t necessarily need to read the first book to enjoy this one, I would definitely recommend it since it’s awesome. The story picks up immediately after the first one ends, and the plot is even more fast-paced and exciting.

Lilly is completely kick-butt throughout the story,  and my daughter loved her entire plot line with the goblins. We could always use more adventurous female role models, and Lilly is nothing if not that. I mean, you have to see what she does. She’s incredible.

You see more of the dragon who comes to Jack’s aid, and can see Jack learning and growing whilst also kicking major trash. He gets himself into some pretty hairy situations, and must use everything in his power to save his sister Maddy from the terrible creatures in the Plant World.

The illustrations are amazing, of course, and I love the way Hatke uses full-page spreads to bring emphasis to the important moments in the story. Pages 90 and 91? I. Just. Love. It.

I loved that the title takes on a new meaning after you read the book, I love that the goblins look like the goblins from Nobody Likes a Goblin, and I love the surprise twist at the end!

Can I say the word love any more in this review?

LOVE.

TL;DR:

Jack and the Beanstalk with an even more magical twist. Now with bonus goblins!