Parents' Guide to

Nobody Likes a Goblin

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Outcast goblin proves courageous in mythic adventure.

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Illustrations could frighten sensitive younger kids.

Fun story, but some of the goblin drawings gave my 6-year-old nightmares. Love this author though: Little Robot is a favorite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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With beautifully detailed fairy tale art and a lowly but lovable goblin as hero, this picture book takes the reader on a captivating adventure that celebrates friendship and pluck. The fantasy world is unusual for a picture book, Goblin is cute and appealing, and the book celebrates and rewards his admirable character traits. The story's also laced with light humor. When the cave of goblins see his crown and ask Goblin if he's Goblin King, "Goblin thought a moment. 'Yes,' he said. 'Yes, I am.'"

Some elements might be scary or jarring for younger readers: a skeleton, fierce chases, and some ugly name-calling. A buxom female captive in a low-cut blouse and skirt is shown chained on a cart carrying the adventurers' spoils, but later she chases her captors. The book serves as a rich and friendly introduction to fantasy, transporting young readers to an imagined world and to the sort of story they'll devour when they're older.

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