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Ben Hatke

Fiction and Excerpts [6]

Fiction and Excerpts [6]

Mighty Jack

|| Every summer, Jack stays 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, she 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.

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!

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is the energetic finale to Ben Hatke’s retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk—available September 5th from First Second Books!

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Mighty Jack

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.

Ben Hatke’s graphic novel Mighty Jack is available September 6th from First Second!

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Adventures of Little Robot

Little Robot is just starting out.  But what a strange and confusing place the world is!

These short stories of Little Robot’s adventures first appeared on Art and Adventure, author and illustrator Ben Hatke’s website. They inspired his upcoming graphic novel, Little Robot, which features an all-new version of the robot star of these strips. Get to know the original Little Robot and some of its pals in the strips below, and be sure to check out an excerpt from the graphic novel here on!

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Five Books Featuring Goblins

We’re excited to show off the cover of Nobody Likes a Goblin, a new picture book by Ben Hatke, coming June 2016 from First Second! The book is inspired by Hatke’s experiences with Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs where, to be honest, goblins get kind of a bad rap. Hatke describes his book over on Sharp Read:

I’ve written a picture books for the goblins. For the weakest, grimiest denizens of our fantasy worlds. Goblins are the ugly little creatures everyone feels comfortable hating, even thought they don’t pose much of a threat. I decided to give the goblins a chance. I sent a goblin on a quest (his name is Goblin) and he became one of my favorite characters.

Below, Ben Hatke shares five other stories that feature goblins—from cave-dwellers to baby-stealers, they’re not usually shown in a very good light. Plus, check out the full cover as well as some additional art from Nobody Likes a Goblin!

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Little Robot

When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it’s all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day!

Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to Little Robot—a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Comic Excerpt)

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times?Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Read an excerpt from The Return of Zita the Spacegirl below, and get a copy of the graphic novel May 13th from First Second Books!

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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Zita the Spacegirl (Excerpt)

We hope you enjoy this preview from our friends at First Second! And happy bookday to Zita the Spacegirl, which came out just today:

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero.

[Intergalactic hero, away!]

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