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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

(Mighty Jack #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,908 ratings  ·  367 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by First Second
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A great follow-up to the first book in the series. I've been waiting a good long while for this one to come out.

And so has my little boy. In fact, *he's* the one who actually tracked this sequel down. I didn't know it was out yet until he brought it back from the library.

If that isn't a solid recommendation for a book, I don't know what is...

Do make sure to read #1 in the series first though. I mean, that should be a given, right?

You're not a monster, right?
First Second Books
Sep 05, 2017 marked it as first-second-publications
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King continues the vivid, warm, and sensitive epic fairytale adventure its prequel started. In this volume, the garden behind Jack’s house has gone wild with creatures set loose by the magic beans Jack and Maddy planted. One particularly mean creature has kidnapped Maddy, and now Jack and his neighbor Lilly must rescue her from the dangerous world beyond the vines and stalks.
It's no secret around here that I love Ben Hatke's work. All of it. Every last drop of ink, right down to the tiniest, silliest character. Everything is very vivid and lively, with bright, bold colors* and big, big emotions, and I always, always, always finish his stories with a giant smile on my face.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King was no exception. It's got that perfect blend of whimsical fantasy, sweet and fearless characters, and lush, vibrant coloring that I've come to associate with Hatke'
Intisar Khanani
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The more I read, the more I feel like Maddy is a plot device more than a character. What an absolute waste, and how frustrating when I was hoping to find positive disability rep here. I love the rest of this story (The Goblin King story arc was awesome!), I would read on, but I really wish Maddy's character & disability were handled a little differently. Here's hoping Maddy's character gains more depth, substance, and strength in future books. ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like how this series is for kids just on the cusp of becoming teens. It's a tricky time to accurately portray, but these books feel authentic, despite all of the fantasy. This one was a bit more formulaic or less fantastical in some way, so it felt a little less exciting than the first volume. The epilogue has me so excited to see what's next, though, and I will definitely recommend this volume along with the first to tweens on up!
This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchan
Jillian Heise
Good follow-up to the cliffhanger ending of the first book.
A great conclusion to the series but it felt almost too rushed. I’d have been happy if this had been a trilogy and we could’ve had a bit more time to enjoy this new world as well as their adventures running solo. Lily in particular should’ve had more time with her goblin journey. I’m very excited at the crossover shown in the epilogue, sort of like the Avengers hints in the early Marvel movies...
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gasped so loud at that ending that I scared my partner!

This volume was just as good as the first one. The world-building is unique, the characters are believable and likable. The plot was engaging, thrilling, and fun. I love this series and now that I've read two series by this author, I'm thinking he might become a favorite!
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I love it.
Suzanne Dix
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Hatke book to date! I’m even more excited now about our school visit with Ben!
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for the advance copy NetGalley! My son Ronan and I loved this one. We are fans of his other books as well and this one was right up there with his other works. Believable and likable characters, exciting action and heartfelt sentiment. Hatke always has strong female characters and this one follows suit. I recommend these books to boys and girls all the time and I'll be adding this one to the mix. There's a lovely surprise ending as well. ...more
Maggie Gordon
I wasn't in love with the first Mighty Jack volume, but this second one managed to win me over! Jack and Lilly have chased the ogre who stole Maddy into an alternative dimension. They quickly end up separated and Lilly actually has a plot that's worth reading this time becoming the Goblin King! Maddy is saved, the weird transdimensional universe is saved, and everyone makes it home safe... But not really the same... My one complaint is that the action is a bit too fast-paced, but it's a fun, exc ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick review for now:

The li'l bit is sick. Some sort of tummy/allergies, whatever. Point is, she felt like crap tonight, and kept getting out of bed because she was afraid she was going to hork. So, I pulled out this book, which I'd honestly forgotten I checked out from the library over the weekend, and decided to give it a read with her.

We both loved it.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is the perfect type of book to read for a bedtime story. It's action-packed, it has characters that beg for dra
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first "Mighty Jack" book and this second in the series doesn't disappoint. This story of a boy, his autistic sister and homeschooled neighbour starts off where the last book ended at a high point that has the characters off and running from the beginning. Non stop action from beginning to end with fantastic creatures such as goblins, giants and rat creatures. Hatke's illustration is always wonderful and brings this fantasy world to life. The book ends on a note that makes us think th ...more
Nancy Kotkin
This full-color graphic novel completes the fractured fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk started in the first Mighty Jack book. Neither graphic novel contains a full story arc by itself, so be sure to read the first book before this one. When Jack and Lilly get split up, her Goblin King story line outshines the protagonist's mission. From the epilogue, there will be a crossover book with Zita next, which should be epic.
C.J. Milbrandt
Following *immediately* on the heels of Mighty Jack, the friends try to take back what they lost. Sewers and portals and pipes, with a dangling plot thread that is driving me crazy ... and final page that made me very, very happy.

In suspense, and happily so!
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovel, autism, j
Fun, solid adventure by one of the masters. Many of Hatke's books include unending surprises - new creatures, new worlds, and this had less of that then I wanted.
But it was breezy, fun, loved the suspended world.
Well the first book was fantastic, and this was better. I love it, I want so many more books in this series. Lilly's arc was one of my fave things in books.

It just keeps getting better.
Asher Mann
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a really really really good BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked when the girl Lilly killed the goblin king. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaa the book was confusing. It was confusing because they cep ending up in random places. But I really liked the goblins. And when Lilly turned into the goblin it was awesome. And when the goblins jrove the car. And when Lilly fot the goblin king.
Mary Catelli
This and Mighty Jack are really a single story in two volumes. So spoilers ahead.

Starting with the way it starts with Lily and Jack in hot pursuit of the ogre that kidnapped Maddie -- up a beanstalk.

Featuring not only goblins, but giants, rats, and more. Like the reappearance of the dragon, a car in a sewer, Lily's sack of plant stuff, pipes, broken ribs, and the effects of goblin blood.

It has an epilogue to hint at future story -- and, oh, yes, confirm a link to Zita the Spacegirl.
Kam Yung Soh
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Jack's sister has been kidnapped by Giants and it is up to Jack and his friend Lilly to rescue her from the world they now find themselves in, created by the plants that Jack and his sister planted in the previous book. Among the perils they face is the Goblin King and the machine that Giants run to keep up their rule that must devour a human or explode.

A story full of impulsive action, heroism, friendships and sacrifices that have to be done to save a world. But it's not over yet for Jack when
Faith Hough
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best part about having a 10-year-old daughter who reviews books for our local bookstore is the chance to read some of my favorite books before they're released. No, I mean, um, the best part is that she learns to analyze and appreciate books and write about them succinctly while gaining confidence in her skill... but also, you know, the getting to read them early part. :)
A fun follow-up to the first Mighty Jack book, definitely a sequel in that it will only be understood and appreciated with
Sarah Sammis
This volume ends up being an homage of sorts to Labyrinth if it had been directed or designed by Terry Gilliam. Maddy takes the place of Toby, except she's much older and potentially more capable of taking action than an almost toddler. She's there to recharge the castle and continues to be little more than a prop in the form of a selectively mute maiden in distress.

3366FF (family/couple home cornfield)
Sometimes Hatke is almost too brilliant. It's a tough call, but this might be even better than the first one. He plays off of classic fairy tales and makes them totally his own in a wonderful new way. ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Those last few pages!!!
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book in the Mighty Jack series and was an absolutely amazing read! I am a huge Hatke fan and really enjoy both the Zita the Spacegirl series and the Mighty Jack series. My 10 year old son also reads these graphic novels and they are his absolute favorite right now. This is a very fun and feel good story that’s an absolutely pleasure to read.

In this book Jack and Lilly chase the ogre who kidnapped Maddy into another dimension; a sort of floating crossworlds between the worlds.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
More a straight-forward adventure for Jack and Lilly than the first volume. I'm more than a bit annoyed by the "captured girl to be bride to monstrous king/chief" trope. Yes Lilly is having none of it but it does leave me shaking my head asking "why is it always rape". Bad enough for Lilly to be injected with goblin blood against her will - even if it does make her more of a kick-butt fighter.

Lilly is also the voice of reason in the start of the book, arguing to go back and bring in adults (mayb
Nadine Jones
I had to read this to see how the story ends. It was okay, I guess. It's sort of like Hatke took a little bit of everything from the fridge and threw it all into a stew pot. The story and action felt forced. Things happened because Hatke thought it might be cool, not because that's what the characters would do or needed to do.

Nice epilogue.

But we never find out why Lilly did some odd things in the first book.

Hatke's art is always fantastic, but I thought the colors were rather flat in this book
Scott Firestone
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read the first book, don't read this review, because I spoil the end of the last book, which leads to this one.

Jack's sister Maddy has been kidnapped by a monstrous beastie that's somehow connected to the garden from the first book. It takes her up the proverbial beanstalk, so Jack and Lilly give chase.

This book was even better than the first one. The world-building is excellent. The dangers are vivid. One enemy they fight early on was SO COOL. When its nature is revealed, I sto
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Ben Hatke is an author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. Most notably he is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series.

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