The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms. Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, a...

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Title:The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Author:M.T. Anderson
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0763698229
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Reviews

  • Cat
    Oct 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

  • Libby
    Oct 06, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    Truth: I only read this because it was strongly recommended by someone I respect and because it uses a technique in which dense text interacts with essential and sometimes confusing extended graphic/wordless visual narrative, a la Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, et al). ...

    This was an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is funny and exciting. The elves and the goblins have been at war for hundreds of years. There has been peace for three years, but everyone in both sides is angry about the deaths of t...

    This is a rather unique story and also rather amusing. For me, part of the jumor stems from the fact that there is a stereotype reversal. Werfel, a goblin, is honorable and polite. Brangwain Spurge, an elf, is conceited and self absorbed. Werfel hosts Spurge when Spurge is sent with an...

    The alternation of chapters of text and chapters of images made it a little hard for me to follow, as I am well known as face-blind and incapable of following action in graphic novels. Luckily the author eased us into it, with overlapping events at first and a discussion of the inaccur...

    I liked the plot's premise, an elf on a diplomatic trip and his host in the Kingdom of the goblins who deal with their prejudices and with being pawns in the affairs of their world. And I liked the book's style, with parts of the story told in wordless illustrations, parts in letters, ...

  • Laura Gardner
    Oct 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

  • Betsy
    Apr 27, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

  • Beth
    Sep 22, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    Truth: I only read this because it was strongly recommended by someone I respect and because it uses a technique in which dense text interacts with essential and sometimes confusing extended graphic/wordless visual narrative, a la Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, et al). ...

    This was an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is funny and exciting. The elves and the goblins have been at war for hundreds of years. There has been peace for three years, but everyone in both sides is angry about the deaths of t...

    This is a rather unique story and also rather amusing. For me, part of the jumor stems from the fact that there is a stereotype reversal. Werfel, a goblin, is honorable and polite. Brangwain Spurge, an elf, is conceited and self absorbed. Werfel hosts Spurge when Spurge is sent with an...

    The alternation of chapters of text and chapters of images made it a little hard for me to follow, as I am well known as face-blind and incapable of following action in graphic novels. Luckily the author eased us into it, with overlapping events at first and a discussion of the inaccur...

  • Clarissa
    Sep 22, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    Truth: I only read this because it was strongly recommended by someone I respect and because it uses a technique in which dense text interacts with essential and sometimes confusing extended graphic/wordless visual narrative, a la Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, et al). ...

    This was an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is funny and exciting. The elves and the goblins have been at war for hundreds of years. There has been peace for three years, but everyone in both sides is angry about the deaths of t...

  • Tom Franklin
    Oct 14, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

  • Rosemary
    Sep 21, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

  • Tasha
    Sep 18, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

  • Lynn
    Jul 05, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

  • KWinks
    Oct 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

  • Marta Boksenbaum
    Sep 15, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Sep 12, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

  • Charlotte
    Sep 16, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

  • Sandy Brehl
    Oct 14, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    Truth: I only read this because it was strongly recommended by someone I respect and because it uses a technique in which dense text interacts with essential and sometimes confusing extended graphic/wordless visual narrative, a la Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, et al). ...

  • Erin
    Sep 25, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

  • Theresa Milstein
    May 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

  • Violinknitter
    Oct 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

  • Ann
    Oct 15, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

  • Pop Bop
    Jul 01, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

  • Linda
    Oct 08, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

  • Paul
    Sep 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

  • Emmy
    Jul 25, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

  • Tim Wadham
    Oct 14, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

  • Gianna
    Sep 03, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

  • Denny
    Oct 12, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

  • Munro's Kids
    Jul 26, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 12, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...

    I've loved M.T. Anderson's books with their social underpinnings (like Feed) and Eugene Yelchin's story, Stalin's Nose, showing more historical humor and bite. This time, unassuming elfin historian Brangwain Spurge volunteers for a mission of a lifetime: he will be catapulted across t...

    The goblins and elves have found peace after a long war. Brangwain Spurge, an elf who studies goblin history, is catapulted into the goblin kingdom to deliver a gift to the strange being who rules the goblins. He is hosted there by Werfel, a goblin who studies elven history. Werfel is ...

    Elitist elf (is that an oxymoron?) historian Brangwain Spurge has a mission: go into goblin territory and deliver a gift - a peace offering - from the elf king to the goblin king. Oh, and he's also supposed to spy on the kingdom, transmitting his thoughts back to the elves so they can ...

    ? B E S T B O O K F O R 2 0 1 8 ? . ? ? BRANGWAIN SPURGE came out one week ago. IT IS AMAZING. I?ve now previewed all the books on the #nationalbookday2018 longlist and it?s my favorite. Simply put, this is one of the quirkiest, most creative books I have ever read. T...

    This was an amazing book! A real treat! I can't wait for it to be published so I can get my hands on a physical copy! When it comes to reading fantasy, I can be super-picky. I don't think a lot of high fantasy. I don't want a ton of romance. And heaven forbid it gets too political! ...

    A somewhat heavy-handed tale about the cultural differences between Elves and Goblins told through a pair of Historians/Archivists who have each studied the others' cultures. Each views their culture as superior and the others' a barbaric; each views the wars fought between them as the...

    When I saw this in my school librarian's office, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. This middle grade didn't disappoint! Anderson's wit, humor, and irony is here in spades, along with illustrations that perfectly match the voice of the story. In this novel, elves and trol...

    To all of my friends on Goodreads, "you clammy sweaty pedants" (how Goblins talk to their friends), put aside all your other books and read this immediately! Brilliant and very very funny, this collaboration between Anderson and Yelchin is a joyful challenge to readers everywhere. C...

    Truth: I only read this because it was strongly recommended by someone I respect and because it uses a technique in which dense text interacts with essential and sometimes confusing extended graphic/wordless visual narrative, a la Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, et al). ...

    This was an amazing book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is funny and exciting. The elves and the goblins have been at war for hundreds of years. There has been peace for three years, but everyone in both sides is angry about the deaths of t...

    This is a rather unique story and also rather amusing. For me, part of the jumor stems from the fact that there is a stereotype reversal. Werfel, a goblin, is honorable and polite. Brangwain Spurge, an elf, is conceited and self absorbed. Werfel hosts Spurge when Spurge is sent with an...

  • Barb Dixon Palmieri
    Oct 11, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

  • Jenni
    Sep 01, 2018

    If history is written by the winners then what happens when everyone loses? In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources like Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and School Librar...

    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge takes me back to the whimsy and invention of classics like The Phantom Tollbooth, Willy Wonky, and The Yellow Submarine. A comedy of etiquette errors, of historical hilarities? it?s been a long time since I genuinely laughed out loud while read...

    M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflecti...

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Historian elf Brangwain Spurge has a very clear mission: travel to the land of goblins and present their King, a dark and mysterious alien, with a mighty present. Goblin archivis...

    And they all lived happily ever after...? What a strange and interesting book. Werfel the Archivist is a goblin. Brangwain Spurge, also a historian, is an elf. When Spurge gets sent to the goblin's city by his former childhood bully, he assumes that he is there to spy. He doesn't kn...

    I have read enough M. T. Anderson to know I usually like his style. It's weird, off the wall, and you never know where he is going until it gets there. Feed is a book I read 10 years ago and still think about and Landscape with Invisible Hand was a wild ride. This one, however, gets ...

    gripping to the point of almost unputdownable. It's a long book, but with many interspersed sequences of illustrations that carry the story forwards, which make it a faster read. I might have given it a fifth star, except that my heart was too sad for the Goblin Historian, who was the ...

    This book was a delight. There?s weight to it as you hold it in your hands. The cover gives a hint of the humor to come. The illustrations are a wonder. Spurge and Werfel are my kind of heroes. Highly recommend! ...

    What a very strange book. I did enjoy it. ...

    The writing is briliant--and often funny as all get out. But I'm not sure about how much I liked the ending and the gentleman who kept losing his finger ...

    I don?t know if I?ll still think this book was worthy of four stars later. I liked the artwork, I liked the conceit of the story, I liked that it was a super-fast read for such a thick book. ...

    Absolutely adored this book. So unique and the illustrations add to the story in such a unique and entertaining way. ...

    Boy did I enjoy this book. It was so weird and different and totally bizarre, that I wasn't really sure how I would feel about it, so I approached the thing with trepidation. For starters, there is the title, which I can safely say I will never have memorized. Next, there are the il...

    Like A Medieval Graphic Novel This is so copiously illustrated that it almost qualifies as a graphic novel. And the text is light enough to feel modern, but just formal enough that it doesn't clash with the illustrations. The illustrations look like medieval woodcuts and, if you're ...

    I?m just going to let everyone else gush over this one. I?m not the right person for the job. ...

    A unique book, and I understand why it's been getting a lot of buzz. (view spoiler)[The interaction of the pictures as seen through Spurge's eyes (although I question why the images are not literally through his eyes - he features in many of the images. I guess it's because he thinks h...

    Goblins and Elves have been at war for thousands of years but all that is about to change. Historian Brangwain Spurge is sent to give a rare artifact to the Goblin King as a token of peace. The Order of the Clean Hand (an Elvin Spy ring) gives Spurge a second mission: Find the Well of ...