Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack

Book One

Book - 2016
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Jack dreads summer because his single mother has to work and leaves him at home with his boring little sister who is autistic. She doesn't talk at all. Ever. But one day while they are at a flea market, she does talk. She tells Jack to trade their mother's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made!
Publisher: New York, New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626722651
Characteristics: 203 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Jack and the beanstalk.


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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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May 09, 2017

green_hawk_303 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 18

Feb 25, 2017

AspenRichter thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10


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