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Mighty Jack (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Mighty Jack series.

Staff Reviews

A graphic novel retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. When Jack trades his mother’s car at the flea market for a box of magic seeds, his quiet summer of taking care of his sister is suddenly upended. Working together they plant the seeds, after which magic and violence ensues. Can Jack keep both his sister and the magic garden safe? Using interesting stylized art the story unfolds leaving the reader to puzzle what Jack should do with the magic seeds. —Kathy

— From 2020 Summer Reading Program: Grades 3-4


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.

About the Author

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Praise For…

Included in School Library Journal's "Best of 2016" list.

"Ben Hatke has a knack for writing stories that focus on smart, young characters who become caught up with robots, mythical creatures, and alien invasions. Mighty Jack is no exception." —Entertainment Weekly

"This first in a series flourishes up to its nail-biting cliffhanger: expect interest for the subsequent offering to positively bloom. Very mighty indeed."—Kirkus, starred review

"With expert visual storytelling, an empowering team of kid adventurers, and a tantalizing cliff-hanger, this series starter will easily please Hatke’s legion of followers."—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626722644
ISBN-10: 1626722641
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Mighty Jack
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Created At: 11/16/2015 12:25am
Last Updated At: 9/23/2020 02:52pm