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Mighty Jack, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Strong kids, soft heart propel thrilling graphic novel.

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Gorgeous artwork and carefully plotted action drive Ben Hatke's fantastical reworking of Jack and the Beanstalk, where Jack is a practical, reluctant hero nudged onward by two assertive girls. Hatke has a strong track record with great female characters (Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot), and Mighty Jack is no exception. The fact that Maddy is generally mute never interferes with her heartfelt expressions of joy, stubbornness, and misery -- she's the emotional center of the story. For daring Lilly, knowledge is power. She turns the garden into a research project and tries to figure out how to navigate its dangers and harness its power.

Energetic illustrations, expressive characters, and a well-spun story make this a page-turner. Hatke's fans will be delighted with cameos by familiar characters from earlier books -- and eager for the second and final book to resolve the cliffhanger ending here.

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