For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas. Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve. You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays. Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults. Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.
To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.
If you are looking for a new take on a classic fairy tale, look no further than Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke.
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.
In Mighty Jack, 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.
While you are at the store picking up the first book in this series, save yourself an additional trip and pick up the next in the series because we are certain your kids are going to be asking for more Mighty Jack.
Mighty Jack and The Goblin King
Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone―carried into another realm by an ogre.
When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.
Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters―as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.
But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!
Ben Hatke, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl, concludes his latest middle-grade fantasy-adventure graphic novel series, Mighty Jack, with the energetic finale to his retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.