Mighty Jack is the latest graphic novel from Ben Hatke, author of the Zita the Spacegirl series and Little Robot among other works. When I brought this home from the library, my girls sat and examined every page in detail for a looooong time and then demanded I read it to them. So perhaps it goes without saying that Hatke has once again created a beautiful and magical story. Jack is dreading summer break from school because it means he has to look after his younger sister Maddy who is nonverbal. There is an homage to Jack and the Beanstalk when Maddy suddenly miraculously speaks and instructs Jack to trade his mother's car for some cool looking seed packets. Jack and Maddy then forge a connection as they grow a magical garden in their own backyard, helped by a fierce, cool, and possibly untrustworthy neighbor girl. The garden's magic is unpredictable: sometimes it is fun but many times it seems determined to hurt them and when an enormous dragon appears, Jack feels like things have gone too far. The ending leaves us hanging, waiting impatiently for the next installment!
Reviewed by: admin on October 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 203