Nobody Likes a Goblin

illus. by Ben Hatke. 40p. First Second. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626720817.
PreS-Gr 2—Goblin lives a simple life in his dark dungeon, counting bats and playing games with his friend Skeleton. But when a group of adventurers barge in to steal all of his treasure and Skeleton, Goblin must summon his courage to go find him. Overcome by the disdain of the villagers, who look down on him for being different, Goblin teams up with a group of fellow goblins to save Skeleton and drive the villagers and adventurers back. Hatke has created an unconventional adventure tale with a lot of heart and imagination; kids will cheer as Goblin is crowned king and finally finds a place among friends who understand him. Hatke's warm illustrations make the tale endearing and drive home the message of compassion and empathy. His goblins, trolls, and other monsters are adorable and friendly, while his light palette gives an affectionate and slightly medieval feel to the piece.
VERDICT Perfect for kids who want a magical tale or spooky story with a twist.

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