Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack Series #1)

Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack Series #1)

by Ben Hatke

Paperback(Reprint)

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ISBN-13: 9781626722644
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Mighty Jack Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 48,048
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: GN200L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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.

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Mighty Jack 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Jack is not excited about the summer vacation. While other kid's are goofing off and hanging out with their friends, Jack has to watch his autistic sister while his mother struggles to make ends meet with extra hours at her two jobs. Watching Maddy is a lot of responsibility and not always easy since Maddy never talks. When Jack and Maddy accompany their mom to a flea market, Maddy unexpectedly tells Jack to trade the family van for a box of strange seeds. Jack's mom is understandably disappointed and upset. But Jack and Maddy go forward with planting the seeds. The plants look normal. At first. But then Jack, Maddy, and Lily (the girl next door) start to notice strange things in the garden like onion babies and seeds that can turn a person blue. The more Jack learns about the garden, the more he wonders about the seeds and their purpose. With dangers looming behind every leaf, Jack will have to decide how far he is willing to go for adventure--and how much he's willing to risk to keep his family safe in Mighty Jack (2016) by Ben Hatke. This retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" blends familiar elements with Hatke's unique interpretation. The graphic novel remains faithful to the original text with Jack's dubious trade and the magical seeds growing. This story focuses more on the early parts of the tale as Hatke sets the stage for future installments. Jack's responsibilities at home and his complicated relationship with his mother and sister all come through in the text and expressive illustrations. (It's worth noting that Maddy is never identified as autistic in the story itself only in the jacket copy.) While Jack sometimes resents the pressures of having to watch out for his sister and act responsibly for his mother, the family's affection and unconditional love is obvious which is refreshing in a story that plays with fairy tale tropes. Like many comics, Mighty Jack is a fast read. With so much excitement and adventure, readers will be eager to get to the last page (and even more eager for another book to see what happens next). The illustrations feature Hatke's signature artwork as well as full color illustrations. The text and dialogue throughout is a decent size and can be read comfortably. Recommended for fans of the author, comic readers looking for a new adventure, and readers who devour fairytale retellings. Possible Pairings: Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Giselle Potter; Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan, Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde, The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde