Publisher: First Second
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Goblin is a happy little Goblin, living in his cozy, rat-infested dungeon with his only friend, Skeleton. Together they play with the treasure in the dungeon and talk. Until one day a band of adventurers bursts in and steals the treasure and Goblin's best friend. So Goblin sets out on a quest to get his friend back. On the way he meets all kinds of other monsters and a lot of villagers with pitchforks. Not deterred, Goblin saves his friend and runs of the adventurers who almost ruined his life.
This is a picture book for geeks and geeks-in-training. With a Dungeons & Dragons feel mixed with Where the Wild Things Are, this story has all the making of a great adventure story squeezed down into a picture book format. The illustrations are wonderful, with a lot going on in the pictures that isn't even mentioned in the text. Pay close attention to the kidnapped maiden in the blue dress. The mark of a really good picture book to me though, as an adult, is one in which I would actually like to read it again. Obviously, twenty times would be a bit much, but this is definitely one I wouldn't mind being on a nightly rotation.