Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo by Ben Costa and James Parks -OPTIONAL

Costa, Ben and Parks, James Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, 120 pgs. Knopf (Random House (Penguin)), 2017.  $19. Language: G ; Mature Content: PG13 (talk of consensual indecent exposure, virginity, and a few other sexual references & lots of drinking) ;Violence: G

Rickety Stitch is unique. He should be a bad guy, since his an undead walking skeleton, but he is a minstrel instead. After losing their jobs, Rickety and his best friend Gelatinous Goo decide to seek out who Rickety might have been before he became what he is now. All the while he begins to have nightmares and remember snippets of ballad. After they are caught by an evil Ogre, Rickety must become a bad guy if he wants to save his friend. Features well graphic novel illustrations.

With the exception of the first few chapters, this book would be amazing for middle school and even elementary. The first few chapters features things like sexual references that shoot this up to high school and are totally unnecessary for the plot. Rickety could have been shown as a slacker and wierdo in many other ways than drinking and talk about exposing himself. The rest of the plot is like a different story, featuring the intrigue of his history, hilarious asides, great characters, and a fun yet sort of amazingly epic plot. High school students might enjoy this book but the sexual references are just out of place. UGH!

HS -OPTIONAL.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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