Hatke, Ben Mighty Jack, 205 pgs. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second, 2016 (Roaring Brook Press). $22.99 Content: PG.
During summer break, Jack is charged with watching his little sister while his mom works two jobs and tries to save them from financial ruin. Jack resents this responsibility because Maddy is autistic and doesn’t talk. When the two siblings go to a flea market and are sold seed packets they begin a garden, but the garden isn’t normal and monster-type vegetables are taking over. Jack works with his neighbor friend as they try to figure out how to control the magic that has been unleashed in his yard.
This is a fun new graphic novel series. The illustrations are great and the story line is well paced and entertaining. I like the characters and can’t wait to see where the story goes, because the ending is a cliff hanger. The content is PG because the monsters are a bit creepy.
EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.