Goblins! by Royce Buckingham

Goblins!: An UnderEarth Adventure
Author: Royce Buckingham
Published: September 2008 by Putnam Juvenile

My Rating:
2 stars
YA/MG | Boys | Fantasy
Includes: Violence, Gore

First Lines: One hundred feet directly above the fortress wall, on the surface of the earth, Sam Hill loitered on the curb outside the Stop-n-Sip contemplating the most potentially exciting thing to happen in his tiny home town of Sumas, Washington, in the entire month of June.

Description from Amazon:
Sneaking out into the woods near the Canadian border, Sam and PJ come across what looks like a mutant gorilla with a bad attitude. But it’s no ape— it’s a goblin, and thousands more of them live under the earth, kept in check only by a small corps of human Guardians. Sam finds a tunnel below the surface, and in no time he’s in the goblins’ clutches. With goblin leaders Eww-Yuk and Slurp at odds, it will take all of PJ’s strength and ingenuity to get Sam back—but then again, how hard could it be to outsmart a goblin? Featuring high adventure and slapstick humor,
Goblins! is a subterranean romp that will keep readers laughing as they race through the pages to see what happens next.

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. Just looking at the cover, I was interested to read the summary on the book jacket to see what it was about. It was a quick read, and very easy to understand - due to the fact that it's written for kids in middle school.

I didn't find any deep meaning or "life lesson" by the end of the novel, but I have to give kudos to Buckingham for his originality. There were many small adventures that Sam and PJ lived through, that all added up to the climax, which was well-portrayed. I found it hard to visualize what was going on (which I always try to do while reading) because there weren't that many details and descriptions of the characters and setting.

Each chapter brought along a new problem that the teens had to face, however I just didn't like how short the chapters were. They were only about two to four pages long, and I just think that's too short. Whenever something really exciting was about to happen, a new chapter began, talking about something else. So even though it was sometimes a little annoying to have to wait and anticipate for that particular part of the story to pick back up again, the cliff hangers were great.

I wouldn't read this book again, just because it seems targeted for kids in middle school, and it wasn't
that great. Even though I like satisfying and convincing endings of books, I feel like this one was a little too over the top. It was ultra-cheesy, and ended too soon. Overall, a pretty good book for male tweens who would like a quick-read adventure and gross book about kids vs. goblins.

Book Supplied by: Publisher for Review.


Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D

I, too love that cover art!!! My kids are too old for this, but it looks like something they certainly would have enjoyed when they were still in middle school (oh, the money we've spent at the school book fairs haha!)

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