Mighty Jack

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 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 mo...

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Title:Mighty Jack
Author:Ben Hatke
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Mighty Jack
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Mighty Jack Reviews

  • Kris Patrick
    Apr 21, 2019
    I?m utterly charmed by Ben Hatke ...
  • Mary Lee
    Dec 23, 2016
    Great new series by one of my favorite graphic novelists. The characters all have great depth, the Jack in the Beanstalk tie-in is modern and believable, and there's a GREAT (grrr...) cliffhanger at the end of book one! ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Jul 24, 2017
    Mighty Jack is a new graphic novel series for children, including tweens, by the author of the popular Zita the Spacegirl series. I think you can expect this one will be popular, too. Based on the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk story, focused on Jack?s finding his strength by facing...
  • Jentry
    Jul 09, 2018
    4.5 and rounded up - I enjoyed this graphic novel so much and can't wait to read the next one. I'm excited to share it with my nieces and nephews too. :) ...
  • Patrick
    Sep 29, 2018
    Ben Hatke has written some of my older son's favorite comics. While that's high praise of sorts, it doesn't really do his work justice. I also really enjoy the comics Ben writes. They're good stuff. And maybe most important of all, I'm delighted for my boy to read them, given that t...
  • Dolly
    Aug 03, 2016
    This is the first book in the Mighty Jack series by Ben Hatke. We have really enjoyed his Zita the Spacegirl series and I was very excited to see that he has a new project. The story begins slowly as we learn about the interfamily dynamics in Jack's family and the financial difficul...
  • Misty
    Oct 07, 2016
    This review was part of a blog tour in which I also talked about my 2 favorite fairy tale adaptations, so if you'd like to hear me gush about those, make sure to check out the full post. Mighty Jack is a retelling of one of my "problem" fairy tales, Jack and the Beanstalk. Like all...
  • Barbara
    Jan 17, 2017
    What a neat twist on the original Jack and the Beanstalk folktale! In this modern setting, Jack dreads summer because he needs to watch over his younger sister, Maddy, who in on the autism spectrum and does not speak. But his overworked mother has no choice but to depend on her son for...
  • Mary Ann
    Aug 08, 2016
    This adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk is full of magic and suspense as modern Jack plants magic seeds with his younger sister Maddy and a new neighborhood friend. The garden that grows from these seeds is full of wondrous, ominous powers and creatures that threaten to destroy Jack?...
  • Raina
    Mar 21, 2016
    Professional-voiced review: This garden is out of control! Jack and his sister, Maddy, procure seeds from a mysterious vendor at a flea market. Soon, they find themselves battling carnivorous vegetation with their new friend, sword-wielding Lilly. Hatke is known for his blockbuster se...
  • Scott Firestone
    Oct 16, 2018
    It's summer, and Jack has big plans. Unfortunately, whatever plans he had are put on hold as he's tasked with watching Maddy, his younger, autistic sister while his single mom works two jobs to keep them afloat. One day at the flea market, Jack sells his mom's car for a bunch of myster...
  • Ruth
    Oct 02, 2016
    My son and I read this separately and both enjoyed it. He immediately asked for the next book in the series. The illustrations are bright and delightfully evocative, the story moves along briskly, and the heavy burdens on Jack's shoulders are dealt with respectfully and delicately. It'...
  • First Second Books
    Sep 06, 2016
    This is the start of yet another amazing series by the wonderful Ben Hatke! Mighty Jack is vivid and sensitive modern-day graphic novel retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. It's Ben Hatke's best yet?and if you think we say that often, it's because Ben Hatke's works grow increasing...
  • Karissa
    Apr 03, 2017
    This was another wonderful Hatke graphic novel. My 10 year old son and I both love the Zita the Spacegirl series and he was the one who actually brought this book to my attention. This was a wonderfully entertaining and fun read that I enjoyed a lot. This book deals with Jack and ...
  • Jillian Heise
    Sep 09, 2015
    This was SOOO good! Adventure, family, relationships, magic, mystery...it's all there in this graphic novel. Kids are going to love this one! I guarantee this would be passed around student to student in my classroom and not be on the shelf again until the end of the year. I only wish ...
  • Praxedes
    May 27, 2019
    Very well put together. This story draws on elements of magic, reality, and bravery...a perfect combination for a plot! Jack and his girlfriend Lilly are doing their best to protect their home from forces they can barely understand, much less control. A very very nice graphic novel! ...
  • Kazia
    Oct 09, 2016
    I really, really enjoyed this one, but the lack of diversity is both unbearable and inexcusable, and (view spoiler)[I really needed Jack's sister's seemingly selective mutism to be better developed/explained. (hide spoiler)] But yay for a badass homeschooled girl, even if she is yet a...
  • Mehsi
    Sep 20, 2016
    As soon as this one came in yesterday I went to reading it, I just had to, I have wanted the book since it got announced! And did I like it? Oh yes I did, though I absolutely despised the ending. I already had a niggling feeling that it would get a sequel (with how the story pans ou...
  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    Oct 10, 2018
    Why I Recommend Moving This UP On Your TBR: ? Extremely engaging ? Pulls you in right from the start and keeps you reading until the end ? Includes Autism rep (I recommend you check out an #ownvoices review to find out if it's handled well) ? Contains realistic depiction of...
  • Siina
    Mar 11, 2016
    I usually love Hatke's comics, since they are perfect for kids and let's face it, there's hardly any comics for younger readers. The best part is that Hatke's comics aren't long and there's not much speech in them, so even readers that have trouble with reading can work their way throu...
  • Beth
    Sep 19, 2016
    NOOOOO!!!!! I need the next book right now!!! I really, really, really liked this graphic novel! When is the next one?????? I NEED it!!! Great story, awesome pics...I want a big print of the dragon...it's gorgeous!!!!! (Okay, I'll admit it. I took a picture of the dragon page and set i...
  • Lola
    May 25, 2017
    I couldn?t stop reading this original retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk in graphic novel format. Ben Hatke did a good job of mixing fantastic and realistic elements, keeping us grounded while teasing our imagination with peculiar creatures. It?s summer, and like every summer,...
  • Zaz
    Feb 06, 2018
    A fun retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, in a graphic novel format, with a pleasant art, modern new ideas and some nice diversity in the cast. I didn't think I'd enjoy this one so much. The story was interesting, I liked this peculiar family with its single mom and its autistic ki...
  • Liz Todd
    Oct 10, 2018
    I read a graphic novel! And I LOVED IT!! Usually this format is hard for me to follow, but I really enjoyed Jack and will look for the second book. Also helps that G snuggled up next to me and read at the same time. Fun book to share. Not sure why Ben Hatke had to include ?crap?...
  • Annye
    Aug 07, 2017
    Mighty Jack is a bit light on plot ? I felt like it ended right as it got going ? but its beautiful, simple artwork, tantalizing world-building, and delightful characters and relationships do a great job of making up for it. I don?t love this one quite as much as Zita the Spac...
  • C.J. Milbrandt
    Feb 15, 2019
    Jack trades the family car for some magic beans, and.... Okay, not really. But there is a shifty salesman, a police report, a single mom, a mute sister, a homeschooled neighbor, and a boxful of alien seed packets. I hit page twenty and was flailing in fangirly ecstasy. Needless to s...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Dec 11, 2016
    I was really impressed by this graphic novel. Expecting it to be another old cutesy middle grade family novel, I was surprised to find that it dealt with some heavy-handed themes while still carrying a message about the importance of imagination and family unity. ...
  • Mathew
    Feb 14, 2017
    A quick read but packed full of great characters and discussion points. A modern take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale, this Jack (set in our time States) is busy supporting his mother (who has two jobs and works herself to the bone) and his younger sister who has a special need of s...
  • Connor
    Feb 28, 2018
    Mighty Jack is a graphic novel. Jack is the main character in this book and he definitely has some weird things going on in his life. Mighty Jack is a Maine student book award and is very fast read. ...
  • Austin Poulin
    Mar 22, 2018
    Graphic novels are not my favorite genre to read but, in the book there was a good mix between fantasy and adventure which was amusing to read. The illustrations in the book clearly described how the characters were feeling and how they interacted with each other. All and all this was ...