Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack

Book One

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk -- to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made. What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything ... a dragon.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781626722651
Call Number: jgn HATKE 2016
Characteristics: 203 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Alex 1979-
Sycamore, Hilary


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Jack’s sister Maddy is autistic and generally nonverbal, so when she asks him to buy some mysterious seeds and plant a garden, Jack does what she asks. But when a wild, magical jungle that clearly isn’t from this world appears, and creatures fascinating and dangerous kidnap Maddy, Jack and his f... Read More »

What starts as a normal garden grows into a wild, dangerous jungle with huge, pink, biting pumpkins and other monsters.

Jack's sister never talks. Until the day she tells him to sell their mother's car for a box of seeds. Summer and babysitting is going to get a little more exciting.

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Jul 20, 2019

Can not wait to read them all! Mighty Jack had a great blend of fantasy, action and character development. Anyone that wants to believe in magic or secretly hopes to become a superhero will get sucked right in. The sweet connection Jack has to his younger sister adds some deeper notes to this fun fractured fairytale.

Jun 12, 2019

have not read it
can not wait

Jun 18, 2018

My 10-year old granddaughter LOVED it and can't wait for the next in the series to be released.

Oct 26, 2017

I'm always delighted to see that a new title is out by Ben Hatke. His stories are charming and whimsical, and his art style suits them well. This retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk is an unusual hybrid of magic and sci-fi, and fans of Ben's Zita the Spacegirl series will recognize the gentleman who sells Jack his magic seeds. Highly recommended.

Apr 12, 2017

I am mad at myself for putting this book off. Why? Because it was one I was crazy excited to get my hands on and then life took over and it fell by the wayside. I say this given that in a lot of ways this is how Mighty Jack begins. Jack wants to sleep in, he wants to be able to get a job to help support his mother who is already working two jobs to support the family, and he has an autistic sister, Maddy, who doesn't speak. This beginning proves my point about life trying to escape past you.

However, in true Ben Hatke form, this is a wonderful friendship oriented story, retelling the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. I'll admit, as a child I never really liked that story, and often found it to be a frustrating narrative for one thing. However, there is something so fresh about Hatke's take on the story that it makes up for my distaste of the original tale. It is so easy to love the characters in this story: Jack, Lilly, Maddy, their mother, and they are characters that Hatke does a great job providing empathy towards. I really, in particular, loved Maddy's portrayal, and after the cliffhanger of an ending at this book, I NEED to see what will happen next.

This is a great start to a series, and Ben Hatke's artwork continues to be so vibrant and delightful that I always enjoy my time with his books. There is a lot of great commentary and ideas in Mighty Jack and I can't wait to see where the next book goes. There's so much to love in Ben Hatke's stories, and he does a good job of showing us how strong humans can be when they are faced with crisis. I really loved this story, and definitely check out if you love fairy tale retellings or just awesome comics

kirstd31 Mar 16, 2017

Loved it! A magical adventure. Can't wait to read the next one.

Cynthia_N Mar 06, 2017

I thought this was a magical read!

Paulas_NB_FC_Kidlit Feb 18, 2017

A new graphic novel from the creator of Zita the spacegirl. Mighty Jack is an action packed adventure using the fairy tale of Jack and the beanstalk as its tie in.

mvkramer Feb 16, 2017

A fun variation on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. This volume leaves readers hungry for more!

nmaryann Dec 24, 2016

Would you trade your mom's car for some magic beans? A fantastic retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. I can't wait for Book 2!

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