Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

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

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