Ben Hatke is my two year old’s favorite author, and my favorite to read to him. Every book of his we get into the house gets well worn and produces countless happy moments of in my lap reading with my son. His books are more for elementary school to middle school aged readers, but that doesnt prevent my son from loving the artwork, identifying objects and repeating sounds in a super fun experience.
Mighty Jack is another great installment in Ben’s catalog. This is close to his Zita the Spacegirl books in terms of a higher age group within his spectrum, but regardless there are all of his strongsuits in artwork, creativity, sound moments and fun characters. I enjoyed the way our young Jack takes care of his sister and must endure as their mother works herself to the bone. This created strong sympathy for Jack in this homelife, and then to see him, his sister and a cute neighbor girl have to tend to a garden of epic scifi ingenuity and danger…it was just great storytelling! Bring on the next book!
Here are some of my favorite pages from Mighty Jack: