Published by First Second
Summary: Goblin has a happy life in his dungeon, visiting his friend Skeleton each day to play together with their treasure. Then one day, a greedy band of adventurers invades the dungeon and steals everything, including Skeleton. Goblin, determined to rescue his friend, sets off into the world. The first creature he meets is a troll, who points him in the right direction, but warns him that “Nobody likes a goblin”. His second meeting, with a farmer, confirms the truth of this statement. Goblin manages to rescue Skeleton, but the two of them are chased into a cave by a mob of pitchfork-wielding villagers. Just when it seems like they are doomed, a group of goblins emerges from the cave, crowns Goblin king (he happens to be wearing a crown), and fights off the enemy. Everyone returns to the dungeon for a happy ending. 40 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: A surprisingly engaging tale, illustrated in fantastic detail by graphic novelist Hatke. The illustrations have a comic book-medieval feel to them that draw the reader into the story.
Cons: The troll tells Goblin that the adventurers took his Honk-Honk, and Goblin promises to get it back. I studied the pictures in the rest of the book, but couldn’t figure out what the Honk-Honk was, and no mention was made of it again